DC v. Heller – It’s On!

Starting today, March 18, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on District of Columbia v. Heller, Case #07-290. Finally, after over 70 years the US Supreme Court will hear a case whose basis is whether the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution is an individual right or a collective right.

A couple of quotes relevant to the issue:

[Those] who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right [are] courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don’t like.

— Alan Dershowitz
Harvard Law School

Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est
(“A sword is never a killer, it’s a tool in the killer’s hands”)

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca “the younger”
circa (4 BC – 65 AD)

The Supreme Court’s ruling is expected by the end of June. It is obvious that the ruling could have a far-reaching impact on gun control laws in the United States. What seems less obvious to the US populace in general is that the court’s ruling could also have far reaching impact on the fundamental freedoms of every single person in the US.

Related Reading:

A Treatise on 2nd Amendment Rights in the 21st Century: Containing an inquiry into the current legislation, perceptions and necessity of the 2nd Amendment right
The Supremes' Greatest Hits, 2nd Revised & Updated Edition: The 44 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life
The Second Amendment: A Biography
Politics For Dummies
The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides

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5 Responses to “DC v. Heller – It’s On!”

  1. Jeff Gordon Says:

    great post

  2. jonolan Says:

    Thank you, Jeff.

  3. HannahJ Says:

    Good post; my take on it is here:

  4. jonolan Says:

    The US Supreme Court has tendered their ruling on DC v. Heller. In a 5-4 decision, the SCOTUS has ruled that Washington DC’s gun ban is unconstitutional.

    Some measure of victory is ours at last!

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