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In a bit of timely and ironic justice, Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote in his dissenting opinion in McDonald vs Chicago, “… the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self defense”, was robbed by a machete-wielding miscreant a few days ago on the island of Nevis. Despite the island paradise’s complete ban on handguns (much like the Justice would have preferred to be the case in Chicago) there still seems to be the odd armed robber, threatening peoples lives and inconveniencing vacationers. Normally the Justice doesn’t need to bring along his own firearms for protection like the rest of us, that is the job of the U.S. Marshals Service. I wonder where they were during the attack? You see this is the problem, there is never a taxpayer-funded, well trained, armed bodyguard around when you need one, even if you are a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
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From Reason Magazine’s October issue:
The invalidation of handgun bans throughout the country, accomplished in the space of two years, was sudden and surprising even to those who have spent decades laying the groundwork. Take Alan Gottlieb, founder and president of the Second Amendment Foundation, which began backing Gura’s various gun lawsuits after Heller. Since founding the SAF in 1974, Gottlieb has been hosting academic conferences, supporting legal scholars and historians, and filing carefully targeted lawsuits in defense of gun rights. Still, he says, “six years ago if you had said [the gun rights community would] see two cases get to the Supreme Court and two victories, I would have said, ‘Not in my lifetime. Maybe in someone else’s.’ ”
This demonstrates that liberty will remain as long as there are paladins who will defend it.
This struggle will never be over. We must remain vigilant and proactive. They love to say that “national law enforcement organizations” agree with their 2nd Amendment stance.
Brady Center Urges Federal Appeals Court to Uphold New DC Gun Law
Sep 20, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, joined by national law enforcement organizations, filed an amicus brief today in federal appeals court in Washington arguing that the District of Columbia’s new gun laws are constitutional.
Dick Heller, the same person who successfully challenged the District’s handgun ban in the U.S. Supreme Court, is seeking to have the court strike down District’s new gun laws. These new laws were enacted to conform with the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. Although the District’s new laws allow Mr. Heller to have a handgun in his home for self defense (pursuant to the ruling by the Supreme Court), he is claiming that the Second Amendment does not permit the District to prohibit military-style assault weapons, or require proficiency testing, registration and licensing, or to limit his handgun registrations to one per month. These gun laws withstood a constitutional challenge by Mr. Heller in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Heller then appealed the court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.