Monday, December 7, 2015

First crack in 2nd amendment

It was widely agreed within minutes of the two latest gun massacres that they would change nothing in the gun debate.
But on Monday the U.S. Supreme effectively reversed earlier rulings and allowed an Illinois law banning semi-automatic weapons.
Obviously the court was reacting to shootings in the past two weeks. Instead it means it was studying them even before the latest blood.
The way it was done, by refusing to hear a court appeal, limited what the court said about the matter.
Gun rights’ supporter Clarence Thomas said the decision amounted relegating the Second Amendment to a second-class right.”
Thomas claimed the overwhelming majority of automatic gun owners  Thomas used them lawfully.
The 7th Court in Illinois said only nine That means banning these rifles would not interfere with the rights of gun owners.
In other words, as with many constitutional amendments, they are not without limit.
Thirty-nine states allow the sale of these guns. Caifornia, one which disapproves them, fears killers can enter into another state and buy the guns.
The new decision may encourage to find more cracks.
The gun lobby is already losing another battle: the word war.
Media has been referring to assault style rifles as long rifles, a term meant to describe an old-fashioned Kentucky rifle. It was feared calling them assault rifles would be seen as prejudiced.
Change may be on the way.
Politico reported: "Four times between 1876 and 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule that the Second Amendment protected individual gun ownership outside the context of a militia."
It said the 2nd amendment was one of a total of 17 introduced by James Madison. What happened to the other ones.

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