Night shoot at Knob Creek gun range, West Point, KY.
Today is an historical day, the day our Supreme Court of these Great United States upheld one of the most fundamental rights we have, the right to bear arms. The challenge was the District of Colombia, Washing DC, and its practical ban on handguns of any kind being owned by its population, even in their own homes for self defence. The court found that the 2nd amendment applied to individual rights, a sticking point for years and years with the "control" crowd. The SC has made its ruling, coming down on the side of the peoples right to have a gun for self defence. Here is the majority opinion; http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/07-2901.pdf
"The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a
firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home." Supreme Court, District of Colombia-V-Heller, June 26, 2008
This really says it all, the right is unconnected to service in a militia. It is an individual right, the right of the "people" to bear arms.
This ruling shows the importance of having the right person in the White House and also in the Senate. The only reason we, the people, were handed this ruling is the fact that Pres. Bush was in office and he made two appointments to the US SC that were approved by a Republican controlled Senate at the time. If Gore was the president we would have had a totally different out come. Even though we don't have the strongest conservative nominee in John McCain, he still strongly believes in and holds dear the words of the US Constitution (okay, McCain/Feingold, not so much) as what our founding fathers meant to say. And only those words, and the documents they were founded on should be considered when interpreting what is law. Nothing after that, accept rulings by the Court its self, should be considered. Even if he's not our favorite, we will have much more chance to influence him to our way of thinking than Senator Obama. Better "center-right" than "far-left". He has said that he will use Scalia, Roberts and Alito, as examples of the kinds of judges he will nominate. We will have to hold him to that.