Friday, June 27, 2008
Twatwatch returns - Scalia
Today the US Supreme Court ruled against the Washington DC gun laws.
The court split 5/4 on ideological grounds. This arse-hat, Scalia, lead the charge on the strike down side.
Scalia wrote that the Constitution leaves the District a number of options for combating the problem of handgun violence, "including some measures regulating handguns."
"But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table," he continued. "These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."
The court also held unconstitutional the requirement that shotguns and rifles be kept disassembled or unloaded or outfitted with a trigger lock. The court called it a "prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense."
Scalia was joined by the most consistently conservative justices -- Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.
More people die in the US from gun accidents resulting from poorly secured firearms than are killed in the home by would be felons. Or indeed kill other family members through accidents such as blasting away a loved one who was sneaking in and trying not to wake them.
The second amendment gives a well regulated militia the right to bear arms. Bearing in mind arms back then consisted of a flintlock which took around 15 seconds to load and could not be left in a ready firing position indefinitely because the powder would eventually turn (as is my understanding).
Your average handgun carries 15 bullets and a skilled shooter can empty a clip in under 5 seconds.
God bless America. Right wing fucktards.