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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Right to Bear Arms

Pulling Trigger, Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Right to Arms

The Supreme Court has just ruled that Americans do have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting. It's the justices' first huge ruling on gun rights in US history, with the justices charged with deciding whether the Second Amendment provides an individual right, or whether it only extends to militias as a collective right.

In the 5-4 ruling, the court struck down Washington DC's 32-year-old ban (one of the strictest in the nation) on handguns as being at odds with gun rights spelled out in the Second Amendment. The court has not meaningfully interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: "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." To see details on the decision,

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In the opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the majority ruled that individuals have the right to own firearms making the DC ban, unconstitutional. Though DC has an ongoing problem with violent crime, the constitution trumped the local law in this decision, though it still allows for "common sense gun control laws." The court essentially eliminated the extremes on both freedom and restrictions. Dana Perino, White House press secretary said that the administration is "pleased" with the ruling.

For a minute-by-minute recap of the decision, SCOTUSblog has a great live blog. Do you agree with the decision?

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lovelie lovelie 7 years
Well I suppose nothing is foolproof. At least it is a start.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Lovelie - That's a great idea for a workplace. The only potential problem I see is that now the foremen will be the first targets.
lovelie lovelie 7 years
We actually had a very intense discussion forum on this topic at my campus and someone introduced that idea of having some of the departmental heads be trained and keep a weapon in dedicated wings (unmarked of course). I think this idea had a lot of merit, obviously with some careful planning. The mere knowledge that there are trained staff spread throughout campus may act as a deterrent to any one planning a mass sendoff. On another note, my father owns a large manufacturing business in the midwest, and in the midst of all of these workplace shootings...has implemented some safety precautions. Four of the foreman are trained in gun safety, and they have about 3-4 checkpoints throughout the building that contain a firearm. Each of these checkpoints are stationed within a wing where each of the foreman oversee. If anything should happen, they would be definetly be prepared.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
While I can agree that trained professionals should carry guns at colleges with how dangerous campus' have been lately...I certainly don't think that students should be allowed to bring guns to class. That's a horrible idea.
lovelie lovelie 7 years
"Personally, I think drivers would be more polite if they knew other drivers where armed." I agree with this statement. I think that this decision has, as many of you have pointed out, sparked a lot of theoreticals. Ideally, working in our communities to attack the growing threat of gun violence is preferable...however, in reality, I do not believe that is enough. Like someone pointed out (I think it may have been cine) situations like Virginia Tech may have been contained much quicker if even one individual had been armed. Instead, you had thousands of innocent, unarmed and unprepared students at the mercy of one crazy gunman. We need to even the score (and I don't mean that in a vengeful way) and provide some control of these tragic situations.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
i don't buy the theory that only people who steal guns use them in stupid ways. there are lots of stupid people. i mean, there are cases of cops using their police issued guns to shoot their own wives. alas, we will never agree on this so i guess it's pointless. but i for one am not happy to "have this freedom back" when over the past few years so many of my other freedoms have slowly been worn down to a nub by the current administration. cheney is probably reading this very message right now!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
I guess Australia didn't get the memo that if you ban guns you have no reason to be afraid of criminals.
javsmav javsmav 7 years
Unfortunately, it is a right. That's one reason our society is so messed up. It's too late to change the way we think, so I know I'm stuck living in fear. Maybe I'll just go out and buy my own gun. Shoot myself & get it over with.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
Thanks, cine, it was somewhat tongue in cheek. Sorry, if that didn't quite come across.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
I also see this from a women's perspective in that homicide is the 4th most common cause of death among women of childbearing age and the #1 most common cause of death among pregnant women. Most of the murderers are ex boyfriends or husbands. Many times the ex hasn't done enough for him to be arrested and the hands of the police are tied. Do you tell these women they have no choice other than to wait to be killed? I just have a hard time accepting that anyone thinks it's okay to tell them they have no options.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
"It seems the only argument against guns is a litany of "what if" situations... we could play that game forever. But as far as what HAS happened and what is statistically true, well... you can refer to earlier comments for that. But at the end of the day, its a choice to own a gun. If you don't want one, don't get one. But that doesn't mean that other people shouldn't have the right." I completely agree cab! And Jav,I think you are taking M2's polite comment out of context.
javsmav javsmav 7 years
"Personally, I think drivers would be more polite if they knew other drivers where armed." WOAH!!! Are guns the answer to everything?! People would say "please" and "thank you" if they knew they could be shot over it. People would get to their doctor's appointment on time if they knew the receptionist would blow their brains out for being late. People would tip 20% if they knew their server had a gun. Sorry, you can argue self-defense from a criminal is a reason to have guns and I may not agree, but I can deal with that. But to say that if only people carried more guns we'd be polite drivers is just shocking! The other woman bears some responsibility, but she had every right to be mad at the other woman. Most road rage is justified because 99% of the population can't drive. But to die because you got mad at someone tailgating you--I just don't see how you can blame her.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
It seems the only argument against guns is a litany of "what if" situations... we could play that game forever. But as far as what HAS happened and what is statistically true, well... you can refer to earlier comments for that. But at the end of the day, its a choice to own a gun. If you don't want one, don't get one. But that doesn't mean that other people shouldn't have the right.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
"You are very passionately against guns, so don't you own one or carry one. But if I felt unsafe, I wouldn't hesitate to obtain a permit." I agree and i accept all risks that go along with being a gun owner.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
javs that is one incident and there are over 3 million people who have concealed carry permits. I'm sorry guys, but you're really stretching. There is no data, there are no facts to back this idea that more guns cause more crimes.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
You are very passionately against guns, so don't you own one or carry one. But if I felt unsafe, I wouldn't hesitate to obtain a permit.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
"Personally, I think drivers would be more polite if they knew other drivers where armed." I completely agree. Didn't they do that in Florida? They had tons of car jackings until they made it legal to carry guns and then all the sudden the car jackings dropped dramatically.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
I never said she deserved to die, but she DOES bear as much of the responsiblity for the escalation of the situation as the shooter does. Personally, I think drivers would be more polite if they knew other drivers where armed.
javsmav javsmav 7 years
angry person on the road = road rage. How do you define it?
javsmav javsmav 7 years
There is no way that is self-defense. Someone screaming at you on the road does NOT JUSTIFY A SHOOTING. That is manslaughter and she deserves every minute of jail time she gets for killing that woman--even if the woman was crazy. Sure the other woman shouldn't have gotten so upset, but did she deserve to die?
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Javs, this is not a story of typical road rage that I am assuming you are talking about.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
And in that case, it is pretty dumb to get out of your car to confront someone. How stupid are you to do something like that?
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
Javs, after reading a couple stories on that incident, that appears to be far different from someone getting mad and shooting someone. The shooter claimed she acted in self defense and I'm inclined to believe that. This story seems to be a completely different situation than the situations you are afraid of being shot in.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Javs, the people without self control are going to do bad things no matter what is banned. And as I said before, it seems silly to me to want to ban something out of fear when studies show the benefits of gun ownership.
javsmav javsmav 7 years
Henson's gun was legal: From the CBS news story" "Henson reached into the car console for the licensed revolver that she has carried since a stalking incident years ago."
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