Thank you to Alan and everyone else who had a part in making this the law of the land by incorporation!
“In its second major ruling on gun rights in three years, the Supreme Court Monday extended the federally protected right to keep and bear arms to all 50 states. The decision will be hailed by gun rights advocates and comes over the opposition of gun control groups, the city of Chicago and four justices.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the five justice majority saying ‘the right to keep and bear arms must be regarded as a substantive guarantee, not a prohibition that could be ignored so long as the States legislated in an evenhanded manner.’
The ruling builds upon the Court’s 2008 decision in D.C. v. Heller that invalidated the handgun ban in the nation’s capital. More importantly, that decision held that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was a right the Founders specifically delegated to individuals. The justices affirmed that decision and extended its reach to the 50 states. Today’s ruling also invalidates Chicago’s handgun ban.”
My condolences to the family.
“Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in American history, died Monday at the age of 92, a spokesman for the family said.
Byrd, a Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair. He had skipped several votes in Congress in the past months.”
Obama’s Greek Tragedy
By Victor Davis Hanson
“Do you remember candidate Barack Obama offering his hope-and-change platitudes in front of the fake Greek columns during the Democratic convention? Or earlier pontificating at the Victory Monument in Berlin?
Why didn’t an old cigar-chomping Democratic pro take him aside and warn him about offending Nemesis? She is the dreaded goddess who brings divine retribution in ironic fashion to overweening arrogance.
Or maybe a friend could have whispered to Senator Obama to tone it down when he was merciless in damning the Bush administration for its supposedly slow response to Hurricane Katrina.” more at RealClearPolitics
“It’s a great moment. I’m proud to have been here,” said a teary-eyed Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), who as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee led the effort in the Senate. “No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we’ve done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done.”
Emphasis mine. Wow, just WOW.
Like Mr.B (H/T BTW), I know where I stand. I know where the vast majority of my friends and acquaintances stand. If you are one of my few readers (thank you!), it’s very likely I know where you stand as well.
We all know where One-Term President Obama (Thanks for that, Traction Control) and his nasty crew of minions stand. Their “line in the sand” gets pushed further and further every day – it’s well past my personal comfort zone already. So, how do we fight back? We work with the four protections our forefathers gave us as individuals and collectively to protect ourselves against the power of the state:
1) the soapbox – freedom of speech
2) the ballot box – the right to vote
3) the jury box – trial by peers
4) the cartridge box – right to bear arms
Let’s look at number 1): As bloggers (and readers) we are exercising that right. Speaking out about issues, trying to reach the undecided and the already zombified while there’s still a chance to get off of this slippery slope before it’s too late. *There’s also quite a bit of preachin’ to the choir…for anyone I don’t agree with – I fully support your right to be wrong. ;^)
Let’s look at number 2): Voting – We need to use it while we still have it. Let ‘em know at the polls that this is not acceptable. Unfortunately we have a largely two-party system that in the past has rewarded the ones with the largest campaign chest. The additional grassroots involvement and organization that teh intarwebz has brought into play is a good thing. November 2nd, 2010 – Take out the Trash!
Let’s look at number 3): Trial by peers – While this was and is for individual protection, the court system is also there for protection against more widespread issues – Obviously we are waiting for the final outcome of McDonald v. Chicago. We should also be seeing health care and immigration law cases in Federal Court shortly.
Let’s look at number 4): Right to Keep and Bear Arms – The one that protects all of the others. That’s my personal line in the sand. Armed = Citizen; Unarmed = Subject.
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