Now, you might think this is what I have in mind when I say that the Court of Appeals ruling was an epochal victory for conservatives. But it’s not.I agree with Jonah that the real victory of Parker et all is a redefining of the argument. For the uncommitted middle, the ruling has stripped away the fiction perpetuated by Brady and its ilk that only NRA whackos though the Second Amendment actually meant what it said.
No, the real victory is that liberals are starting to accept the fact that the constitution has a meaning separate and distinct from what the most pliant liberal judge wants it to mean. Therefore, writes Wittes, “perhaps it’s time for gun-control supporters to come to grips with the fact that the (Second Amendment) actually means something ... For which reason, I hereby advance a modest proposal: Let’s repeal the damn thing.” Wittes isn’t alone. A number of left-wing commentators have picked up the idea as well.
Personally, I would oppose repeal, and I have problems with many liberal arguments against the Second Amendment. But that liberals are willing to play by the rules is an enormous, monumental victory that transcends the particulars of the gun-control debate.
I'm sure the guys over at NRO are sick of my letters, too, harping about how the Republicans had better suck it up and start pretending that they believe — and acting like they believe — in what the Second Amendment says before my entire end of "the Grand Old Party" totally leaves the reservation!