- "High court strikes down gun ban"
CNN (July 26, 2008)
- "WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation's capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
- "The justices voted 5-4 against the ban, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for the majority.
- "The case's lead plaintiff, Dick Heller, applauded the decision, saying, 'I'm very happy that I am now able to defend myself and my household in my own home.'...
- "Supreme Court Shoots Down D.C. Gun Ban
- "5-4 Ruling Says Washington's 32-Year-Old Ban Incompatible With 2nd Amendment
- "(CBS/AP) The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.
- "The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms laws intact.
- "The court had not conclusively 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.'
- "The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia...."
- Containers of
- Fertilizer containing ammonium nitrate
- Printing presses
- Fax machines
Fax machines and especially computers represent technologies that give ordinary people access to enormous amounts of information: and the power to communicate with others that hadn't existed before the Information Age.
So far, America doesn't place many limits on who can own computers, and what they can do with them. Other countries do. China has been in the news a bit, since some people over here find China's well-regulated Internet distressing: and for good reason.
I like freedom. On the whole, I'd rather live in America than, say, Zimbabwe.
"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." (CBS News)
- Hoplophobes will be appalled that those scary guns will run rampant in the streets, killing people
- 'Gun nuts' will see the idea of licensing guns as anathema
As for me, I'm glad to see that social action from the Groovy Age is getting reviewed. I've been uncomfortable with the self-styled best and brightest of America trying to protect the common lot from their lack of intelligence and self-control. Particularly since my ungroovy beliefs make me one of the common lot.
- "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ET AL. v. HELLER"
(Argued March 18, 2008—Decided June 26, 2008)
(from http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/07-290.pdf (January 3, 2012))