Pulling the Conservative Weight

Posted 7/01/2008 by Sumner in Labels: , , , ,
I return again this week to a Supreme Court decision: the 32-year old gun ban in DC is a violation of the Second Amendment.

I won't attempt to address all of the implication of the decisions -because I don't have the time or expertise to do so-,but I would like to point out a couple of things. In fact, it appears as though the decisions may raise more questions than it answers about the scope of the Second Amendment.

My initial reaction to the decision was one of horror, but I have come to realize that derives from my disapproval of gun ownership, not from any legally-based ideas. Personally, I believe that putting more guns in the hands of people, trained or not, is a danger to society. There are persuasive arguments on both sides that guns both do and do not increase violence or homicides. Regardless of that, I found it interesting to learn that 55 percent of deaths from guns are suicides. What that means I'm not quite sure, but it shakes a little bit of ground.

While the thought of having more guns on the streets is horrifying to me, if you want to uphold the Constitution like a nice strict constructionist, I guess the Supreme Court did what it was asked.

On a large scale, I wonder what these rather prominent "conservative" decisions for the Court recently mean in the long term for American politics. Perhaps the Supreme Court will be the conservatives solution to resist the leftward moving policies that appear to be coming.

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