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Read and enjoy... what a nice way to start the week!

High court strikes down Chicago handgun ban - CNN.com

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It was a 5-4 decision. That kind of split bodes poorly with the age of the court.


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Yeah, I think I heard someone else was quitting the Court this week as well. 50/50 checks and balances... I guess it all works out in the end.

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It was a 5-4 decision. That kind of split bodes poorly with the age of the court.
The vast majority of ideological SCOTUS decisions are 5-4 votes. Nothing new here.

Looks like the court was simply reiterating its decision in DC vs. Heller that also struck down a strict gun ban. Actually, this is even better since it was applied to Chicago and not a federal province like DC. Looks like we're finally going to see a slew of gun bans either being overturned across the country or local governments changing their gun laws to be in accordance with the Second Amendment.


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Caught that in this mornings Supreme Court News. Very good news at that. Still I wince every time there's a 5-4 decision. the makeup of the court can change in a moment and so can the outcomes of the decisions in the future. I follow and write my Reps regularly but that's just me. I'm an old 60s activist anyway.

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Glad that the highest court in the land can still read the Bill of Rights. It's not like it's ambiguous in its wording "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed".

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Yeah, well it seems 44% of them can't read it. And if something happens to one of them in the next 3 years we'll end up with only 44% that can read.

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Yeah, well it seems 44% of them can't read it. And if something happens to one of them in the next 3 years we'll end up with only 44% that can read.
Scary, but true.

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Glad that the highest court in the land can still read the Bill of Rights. It's not like it's ambiguous in its wording "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed".
Well actually, it IS ambiguous, hence the controversy. You only quoted half the amendment. There are two clauses:

1. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State...
2. ...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

The problem is that some people don't see two separate clauses, they see just a single clause; to them only a militia is qualified to bear arms. There has been decades of debate on this issue. However, the court has now, for the second time, established that the two clauses are discrete entities and that private citizens do have the right to possess weapons.


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Well actually, it IS ambiguous, hence the controversy. You only quoted half the amendment. There are two clauses:

1. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State...
2. ...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

The problem is that some people don't see two separate clauses, they see just a single clause; to them only a militia is qualified to bear arms. There has been decades of debate on this issue. However, the court has now, for the second time, established that the two clauses are discrete entities and that private citizens do have the right to possess weapons.
Thank you Professor Kash, I understand that.

My point was that it seems pretty straightforward to my eyes.

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Well actually, it IS ambiguous, hence the controversy. You only quoted half the amendment. There are two clauses:

1. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State...
2. ...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

The problem is that some people don't see two separate clauses, they see just a single clause; to them only a militia is qualified to bear arms. There has been decades of debate on this issue. However, the court has now, for the second time, established that the two clauses are discrete entities and that private citizens do have the right to possess weapons.
I don't see it as two separate clauses, simply as one. I do believe that they intended the clause to mean that citizens could bear arm to form militias for defense. They neither specified nor implied, however, that citizens could not bear arms even when not part of a militia, or for any other reason. One could make an assumption either way, and that is where the issue comes in.

Then again, I've always been a "Middle of the road" kind of person....


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Yay, now it will be that much more likely that I will be shot while visiting Chicago. This is a great thing?

You crazy right wingers and your guns! lol

I mean, don't get me wrong. I know it's in the Bill of Rights. I just think I'd feel a little bit better on the South Side if I knew that it was harder for people to be packing heat.
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Glad that the highest court in the land can still read the Bill of Rights. It's not like it's ambiguous in its wording "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed".
It all depends on what version you read and where that darn comma is at.

But really, I see the Constitutional question of whether the right to bear arms is subject to reasonable regulation in the same light I view the ability to regulate freedom of speech. There sometimes is a need, e.g. yelling fire in a crowded theater.

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Yay, now it will be that much more likely that I will be shot while visiting Chicago. This is a great thing?

You crazy right wingers and your guns! lol

I mean, don't get me wrong. I know it's in the Bill of Rights. I just think I'd feel a little bit better on the South Side if I knew that it was harder for people to be packing heat.
Right, because violent criminals always respect gun laws where enforced.

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This was really a can't lose decision for me.

I live in a gun loving state so I'm not worried one way or the other. In fact I kind of wanted them to say the Chicago ban was kosher, had they done that the implication would have been wonderful.

No longer would the states be required to follow the bill of rights (as that was what the decision was about, not about how to interpret the clause as someone had posted it was simply a question as to whether states had to abide by the Constitution).

BUT if they had upheld it, all the God fearing Gun loving folks in the southern states could have felt free to ignore the other parts of the bill of rights... imagine, we could outlaw Islam, hand out any punishment we felt necessary without considering whether it was cruel or unusual (hanging car thieves would be a start) and pretty much ignored most of the Constitution with regard to laws within a state.
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