By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Last June the Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the District of Columbia v. Heller case which was supposed to be a victory for the preservation of our rights under the Second Amendment, but was it?
Nine months later the value of Heller as a benchmark gun rights case is seriously in doubt. Although it unequivocally reaffirmed the rights of honest citizens to keep and bear arms, liberal courts and cities across the country have generally ignored or attacked the decision. Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA has commented, “To date, the federal courts have not invalidated a single gun control law on the basis of the Second Amendment since Heller.”
“My own bet,” said Sanford Levinson, a law professor at the University of Texas, “is that Heller will more likely than not turn out to be of no significance to anyone but constitutional theorists.”
Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley rejected the very idea that Heller is binding on his city. Daly maintains that since Chicago is not under federal control, Heller means nothing to him or his city.
Liberals strike back
In reaction to Heller, Chicago Illinois Representative Bobby Rush has re-introduced federal legislation requiring universal registration of firearms.
On Dec. 16, 2008 the Democrat City Council of D.C. buoyed by Obama’s victory, passed new regulations on private gun ownership. The new law requires extensive and costly firearms training to receive or renew gun licenses.
D.C. has directly flaunted sections of Heller so much so that on July 29, just a month after his victory, Heller was forced to go back into court and sue again.
This is the liberal way: if they win, they win. If they lose, they just act as if they won and make us go back into court just to preserve our rights.
We have got to take this country back and re-establish the rule of law. I am tried of liberal weasels picking which laws and legal decisions they want to follow and which they will use their pet worms in the legislatures and courts to subvert. This has to stop here and now.
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