2008 Guns, Guns, Guns
posted by June 26 at 8:45 AMon
Yesterday it was a death penalty ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that had Obama in a tricky spot.
Today it’s a landmark gun rights ruling:
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared for the first time on Thursday that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to have a gun, not just the right of the states to maintain militias.
Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in the landmark 5-to-4 decision, said the Constitution does not allow “the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.” In so declaring, the majority found that a gun-control law in the nation’s capital went too far in making it nearly impossible to own a handgun.
As with yesterday’s death penalty ruling, McCain is the first out with a statement:
Today’s decision is a landmark victory for Second Amendment freedom in the United States. For this first time in the history of our Republic, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was and is an individual right as intended by our Founding Fathers. I applaud this decision as well as the overturning of the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns and limitations on the ability to use firearms for self-defense.
Unlike Senator Obama, who refused to join me in signing a bipartisan amicus brief, I was pleased to express my support and call for the ruling issued today. Today’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller makes clear that other municipalities like Chicago that have banned handguns have infringed on the constitutional rights of Americans. Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today’s ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right — sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly.
This ruling does not mark the end of our struggle against those who seek to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens. We must always remain vigilant in defense of our freedoms. But today, the Supreme Court ended forever the specious argument that the Second Amendment did not confer an individual right to keep and bear arms.
The Obama campaign, anticipating today’s ruling, tried to declare a past Obama campaign statement supporting the D.C. handgun ban as “inartful.”
But, um, the previous Obama campaign statement was:
Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional.
So, once again, the question of the moment is: What should Obama say?
And once again, the politically smart choice (“I support the court’s ruling”) is going to get Obama in a lot of trouble with lefties who have imagined him as a liberal messiah who will speak their ideological truth to the conservatives in power.