The Supreme Court of the United States of America will be issuing a ruling from the bench today regarding a 32 year old law that bans handguns in Washington, District of Columbia.
Yesterday, John Roberts & the Supremes issued a ruling regarding Capitol Punishment where they found, once again by the magic number of 5 – 4, that Capitol Punishment was only to be used in cases of murder and not for cases of rape or rape of a child.
Of course, the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse (John Robert, Clarence Thomas, Vlad Scalia and Samuel Alito) all wanted to expand the ruling regarding Capitol Punishment but were held at bay by the more thoughtful members of the Supreme’s.
Much Wingnut gnashing of the teeth, pulling of the hair and wailing of the in-lockstep voice of the Right Wing could be seen and heard directly after this ruling.
I must admit, I do get a slight kick out of watching and listening to the Right Wing extremists when they get told they can’t go forward and do what they want to do! It’s like witnessing a mass group of 5 year olds being told they have to take a nap before they can eat their cupcakes! Quite noisy and somehow hilarious!
The US Supreme Court is expected to deliver a ruling shortly that could have a far-reaching effect on gun control laws in the United States.
The nine justices have been considering whether a 32-year-old ban on handguns in Washington DC is unconstitutional.
It is the first time in nearly 70 years that Americans’ right to keep and bear arms, set out in the US Constitution, has been considered by the court.
Debate over the exact meaning of the constitution has raged for years.
Authorities in Washington DC, which has some of the toughest gun control laws in the US, are challenging an appeal court’s ruling that the ban on handguns is unconstitutional.
Since 1976, the private possession of handguns has been prohibited in the nation’s capital, while rifles or shotguns are required to be locked or dismantled.
In March last year, a federal appeals court agreed with Mr Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms and that the DC ban was unconstitutional.
The city appealed against that ruling, with the case going to the Supreme Court.
I’m going to go out on a limb here. No, please allow me to set myself up for this one.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse (referred to as FH in the poll below) will ALL come to the conclusion that the Second Amendment, whose very language states that “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed“, doesn’t mean that States or local governmental bodies have any jurisdiction over whether handguns can be banned or not.
We call this “legislating from the bench”, a situation that the Right Wing extremists also gnash their teeth and pull their hair over, but only if they feel it is a LIBRUL opinion from the bench.
Strict Constructionalists my Ass!
As to what the other five Justices opinions will be, I’m just not sure.
However, I would hope that you might take the time to answer in the poll below what you think will happen, and if you would like to give more detail in the comments, please feel free to do so.
The justices could now issue a landmark interpretation of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
The debate is centred on whether the Second Amendment, ratified in 1791, protects an individual’s right to possess guns, or simply a collective right for an armed militia.
It will be interesting to see how many of the Supreme’s go along with the Four Horsemen and decide that “legislating from the bench” as opposed to reading and literally intrepreting the words of the US Constitution’s Second Amendment is appropos.
Well, they were quick to announce this one.
The justices voted 5-4 against the ban with Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for the majority. The FH stuck together again with Justice Kennedy joining them! Say hello to Right Wing legislating from the bench…..