By FITSNews || In a major victory for the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Monday struck down a 1982 Chicago handgun ban – deducing correctly that the ban infringed on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
The 5-4 decision is the second big pro-gun ruling in recent years.
Two years ago, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the court ruled that the Second Amendment applies to individual citizens (editor’s note: duh), but for some reason people still questioned whether that ruling actually protected citizens from anti-gun laws passed by state and local governments.
Well yes … yes it does.
The bad news?
In both the Heller case and the most recent ruling – McDonald v. Chicago – the Supreme Court upheld the Second Amendment by the narrowest of margins. Given the direction this country continues to take under the administration of President Barack Obama and his congressional allies, that’s obviously cause for concern.
Like all core American liberties, the right to keep and bear arms is – or at least should be – sacred and inviolable. Clearly, though, that’s not the case if we keep having to strike down new gun bans every two years. Also, we’d again like to remind our readers that the nation’s top “pro-gun” organization – the National Rifle Association (NRA) – does its members a disservice by advancing a “friendly incumbent” policy that has contributed to the erosion of gun rights in this country.
That’s why we would urge South Carolinians who want to promote gun rights to find another organization that puts policy ahead of politics.
Finally, it’s worth noting that despite its handgun ban, Chicago has continued to have a disproportionately high homicide rate. Last year, there were 458 homicides in Chicago compared to 471 in New York – where the population is three times larger.