Advocates for gun rights quickly declared the ruling a landmark victory and said they would seek to strike down gun regulations across the country.BTW, regarding to the last post, in addition to only being able to register one handgun per life in D.C., it's gotta be a revolver, since D.C. equates all semiauto firearms with machineguns.
“This is a great moment in American history,” said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association.
In a statement, the White House said: “The president strongly agrees with the Supreme Court’s historic decision today that the Second Amendment protects the individual right of Americans to keep and bear arms. This has been the administration’s long-held view. The president is also pleased that the Court concluded that the D.C. firearm laws violate that right.”
NRA to take battle to states
LaPierre said the NRA would use decision as “the opening salvo in a step-by-step process” to dismantle gun regulations in cities across the country. He said the NRA would begin with lawsuits in San Francisco and in Chicago and several of its suburbs.
Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, which has suffered a recent spate of gun violence affecting everyone from schoolchildren and teachers to the elderly, fervently criticized the ruling, calling it “a very frightening decision” that was incongruent with the Supreme Court’s own security policies.
“You can’t carry a gun into the Supreme Court,” Daley said. “You can’t carry a gun in and around the Capitol building. You can’t get into a capital building without being searched,” Daley said. “So why should the streets of our American cities be open to someone carrying a gun?
“Why can’t you stand outside the Supreme Court with a gun and say, ‘This is my constitutional right?’” he asked.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the other likely target state of the NRA’s first efforts, also criticized the ruling.
“I believe the people of this great country will be less safe because of it,” she said.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Good Round Up Article on MSNBC
Here it is, and be sure to hit the live poll: