Thursday, June 26, 2008

Which is a Bigger Story: That the Supreme Court Upheld the Right to Bear Arms or That Four Law-School Graduates Disagreed?

From the Wall Street Journal comes the news that the bare majority of the Supreme Court is able to find a right in the Constitution that is expressly stated, in English. This shouldn't have been difficult, in light of the fact that 7 Justices found a right to kill one's unborn child that is nowhere mentioned, or even hinted at.

Four dissenters? I wonder whom Obama will name to replace some of the current majority.

From the full story:

Court Strikes Down D.C. Gun Ban, Affirms Second Amendment Rights

June 26, 2008 2:11 p.m

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, in a 5-4 ruling, for the first time in U.S. history declared the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains a specific right to individual gun ownership and rejected Washington, D.C., handgun restrictions, which were the strictest in the nation.

"There seems to us no doubt on the basis of both text and history that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the 64-page majority ruling. "This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment."

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