One Vote

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Glenn Reynolds, writing in The New York Post, discusses the very narrow decision by the US Supreme Court affirming an individual right to keep and bear arms. The "victory" for gun rights was made with a single vote.

I confess that I was one of the Second Amendment scholars who doubted that there were five votes on the high court to support an individual-right view of the Second Amendment.

I'm happy to be wrong about that, but there were only five such votes – demonstrating how narrow the margin was, and how out of touch the court is with the American public, which believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right to arms by a 3-1 margin.

If, as some have been calling for, we had a "Supreme Court that looks like America," this case wouldn't even have been close. Ordinary Americans have generally believed that the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" applied to, you know, the people.

It takes politicians, law professors (and, it turns out, four Supreme Court justices) to believe that a "right of the people" somehow actually doesn't belong to the people at all.

One lonely vote affirmed the Second Amendment rights, folks. One vote. Still think this election is not about the courts? The next President could appoint at least four justices. Think really hard about that. And think about how close we came to losing our rights.

Think hard before you decide who you will vote for. Or before you decide sit this election out.

One vote. Think.

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2 Responses to One Vote

  1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    The "victory" for gun rights was made with a single vote.
    That one vote was Anthony Kennedy – a "swing" vote, which means that he will uphold or reject the Constitution depending upon how he feels on a particular morning. Don’t be surprised if this issue comes up again after the election – and Justice Kennedy flip-flops.
    I don’t have a lot of faith in the judgement of John "Gang of 14" McCain. But we have no choice, do we?

  2. martian says:

    Mwalimu, you are exactly right. If we want to maintain the United States as we know it today, there is no choice – we must vote for John McCain in November!
    On another note, did anyone see the news coverage of the Hildebeast and the Obamessiah in Unity yesterday? All I could think of as I watched the coverage was that now we know just how much of a hypocrite the Hildebeast really is. After 17 months of telling anyone who would listen that the Obamessiah lacked the knowledge and experience to be president and couldn’t possibly beat McCain in November, now she’s all smiles and proclaiming that we have to put Barack Obama in the White House in November, that he is the most qualified candidate. Makes you want to lose your lunch, doesn’t it?

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