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When defeat isn’t such a bad thing ...
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 13, 2008

The anti-handgun crowd is preparing for a SCOTUS defeat concerning the DC gun ban. But they see it as only the loss of a battle which may, in the long run, win them the war:
"We've lost the battle on what the Second Amendment means," campaign president Paul Helmke told ABC News. "Seventy-five percent of the public thinks it's an individual right. Why are we arguing a theory anymore? We are concerned about what we can do practically."

While the Brady Campaign is waving the white flag in the long-running debate on whether the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to bear arms or merely a state's right to assemble a militia, it is hoping that losing the "legal battle" will eventually lead to gun control advocates winning the "political war."

"We're expecting D.C. to lose the case," Helmke said. "But this could be good from the standpoint of the political-legislative side."
What they are talking about is A) taking an incremental approach to putting more controls on gun ownership through federal legislation because B) they see a much more friendly federal legislature on the horizon and the possibility of a president who isn't at all against gun control.

And even if McCain wins, that's not necessarily that bad according to the anti-gun crowd:
But given that McCain stood by his support for closing "the gun-show loophole" during a recent speech to the N.R.A., the Brady Campaign president hopes that new gun restrictions can make headway regardless of who wins in November.

"For John McCain to be the political candidate of the NRA shows how things have changed," Helmke said.
Another part of the "pro-liberty" progressive agenda of which to be aware.
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So, if the SCOTUS rules that fun ownership is an individual right, we need to have a sort of ACLU to sue the government and anyone who steps on that right, in any way, shape, or form.

I can see "Jones v. Obama" and "Smith v. Pelosi" coming down the pike rather soon. Let’s clog up the courts with pro-gun lawsuits and watch the liberals go nuts.
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Oops...that should be "gun ownership" and not "fun ownership."

Sorry for the mistake. And now back to your regularly scheduled constitutionally-mandated foolscap.
Written By: James Marsden
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Unfortunately given the question in Heller and the tendencies of this court, all signs seem to point to a narrow ruling like "The second amendment protects an individual right to keep an assembled and loaded firearm in your own home for self-defense", worded so that it won’t make a good stepping stone for legal challenges to extant gun control laws that fall short of the DC Ban.

I suppose we might get a sweeping ruling upholding the 2nd Amendment across the board, and it would be nice, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.
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