I was a happy boy this morning. The Supreme Court affirmed what conservatives knew all along – the Second Amendment to the Constitution affords American citizens the right to bear arms. Go figure!
The 5-4 majority opinion was authored by Antoin Scalia and joined by Justices Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy. Thank you Mister President for giving us Alito and Roberts. What a relief. Here is the decision in a nutshell.
Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that an individual right to bear arms is supported by “the historical narrative” both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.
The Constitution does not permit “the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home,” Scalia said. The court also struck down Washington’s requirement that firearms be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled, but left intact the licensing of guns.
Scalia noted that the handgun is Americans’ preferred weapon of self-defense in part because “it can be pointed at a burglar with one hand while the other hand dials the police.”
Scalia’s opinion dealt almost exclusively with self-defense in the home, acknowledging only briefly in his lengthy historical analysis that early Americans also valued gun rights because of hunting.
The brevity of Scalia’s treatment of gun ownership for hunting and sports-shooting is explained by the case before the court. The Washington law at issue, like many gun control laws around the country, concerns heavily populated areas, not hunting grounds.
I will echo the sentiment of other conservative commentators in expressing my disbelief that 4 justices actually dissented. The Second Amendment is clear. And the writings of our forefathers clearly place this into proper context.
Nevertheless – here we go again. This was a 5-4 decision. Are you folks beginning to understand the stakes in November? The person we elect as President will make nominations that will make a difference for a long time to come. Conservatives have no room for error.