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10:45(CST)

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the 2nd Amendment by striking down the Washington D.C. ban on gun ownership.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion of the Court saying that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to own a gun.

“We hold that the District’s ban on handgun possession in the home violated the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense.” wrote Scalia.

Joining him in the decison were Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

This decision was not without its restrictions. The Court, in their opinion, made it clear that the right to keep and bear arms is not all inclusive and is still subject to some regulation. Scalia added that there are a “variety of tools” such as “measures regulating handguns” available. “The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,” which includes measures such as an “absolute prohibition of handguns.”

Banding together against the Constitution were Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter and Steven Breyer.

This decision is history making as the Supreme Court has made decisions reaffirming every other right in the “Bill of Rights” but has never made a decision of this magnitude reaffirming the 2nd Amendment since the Constituion was adopted in 1788.

This ruling will also affect the handgun ban in Chicago and all other cities, and probably states, that believe they are above the Constitution.

The most suprising element of this ruling is that four Justices rejected the premise that the 2nd Amendment is the only one that is NOT and individual right. This should tell you the direction this country will be headed in if the left wing radical liberals take control of all three branches of government. This amounted to 4 Justices trying to declare a part of the Constitution to be unconstitutional.

Read the decision here.

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6 Comments, RSS

  • Lonely Conservative

    says on:
    June 30, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Something tells me the four dissenters have nothing but contempt for the Constitution.

    Thanks for adding my blog to your “conservative blog” list. I’ve added a link to your blog to mine.

  • Conservative Hawk

    says on:
    June 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    They do, Lonely. But thats just because they are liberals and democrats. That combination has nothing but contempt for the American people and the Constitution.

  • Angel

    says on:
    June 30, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    the Supreme Court is no longer supreme my friend!:)

  • Conservative Hawk

    says on:
    July 1, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Might not be. They have made a lot of very poor choices over the decades, but when they make a decision that actually upholds the plain meaning of the constitution, I think they did it right. And, when you consider the fact that there are at least four activists on the court and that is very close to being a sovereign court.

  • Fred Holland

    says on:
    July 7, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Just load’em up and dump’em

    June 27, 2008, 4:04 pm
    McCain’s Secret Plan to Conscript Aliens Crossing into US.
    Alex Frangos reports on the presidential race.

    John McCain says in almost every stump speech that he knows how to capture Osama bin Laden and that he’d follow the al Qaeda leader to the “Gates of Hell.” What he seems to be implying is that he might take extraordinary measures like using captured illegals coming into the United States and deploying them in Pakistan to assist with capturing bin Laden when he becomes president.

    McCain
    “One thing I will not do is telegraph my punches. Osama bin Laden will be the last to know,” he said today while riding on the back of his bus between Florida events. In other words: he’s not telling. Why not share his strategy with the current occupant of the White House? “Because I have my own ideas and it would require implementation of certain policies and procedures that only as the president of the United States can be taken.”

    That response, of course, echoes Richard Nixon’s campaign promise in 1968 to stop the Vietnam War. Nixon also declined to say what his plan was. America’s involvement in the Vietnam war continued until 1973.

    As for the Gates of Hell themselves, McCain says he knows all about them. “I think I’ve been close,” he joked.

    Permalink | Trackback URL: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/06/27/mccains-secret-plan-to-capture-bin-laden/

  • Debra

    says on:
    September 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    They finally did something right. Now, if they follow up with a few more actions like that, then we can truly say we live in an age of miracles.

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