Here’s an amicus brief filed on behalf of The District of Colombia from former Clinton Administration officials.

The question presented in this case is whether the Second Amendment prevents the District of Columbia from enacting public safety measures such as the handgun law at issue here that are designed to combat the violence that firearms enable a criminal to perpetrate against the District’s citizens.  Amici submit that the answer is no.  Properly understood, the Second Amendment does not prohibit a legislature from enacting a law that has neither the purpose nor the effect of interfering with a State’s operation of its militia in accordance with state and federal law.  That was the position the United States Department of Justice maintained  throughout the Twentieth Century in successfully defending federal firearms laws against Second Amendment challenge and in evaluating the constitutionality of proposed firearms legislation.

This isn’t to say I’m happy with the Bush Administration.  Bush has not been the friend to gun owners he should have been to deserve an endorsement from the NRA, but it’s worthwhile to consider what kind of brief we’d be looking at had Gore won in 2000, or Kerry won in 2004.

6 Responses to “Contrast”

  1. emdfl says:

    “…former Clinton Administartion officials.” They may have been that, but the day george took office and didn’t fire them they became HIS administration officials. That said, as a repub voter for 40 + years, I’m done with him and all his friends.

  2. Sebastian says:

    I think he did replace them.

  3. Ian Argent says:

    If the DOJ brief as filed was a sush-grade fish, this one is a rotten pufferfish

  4. straightarrow says:

    Oh shit! You guys are already trying to find why this isn’t a bad thing?

    I guess if you die by friendly ,though intended, fire it is ok by you.

    I live in the real world, join me. It’s not as scary as you guys are.

  5. Sebastian says:

    “This isn’t to say I’m happy with the Bush Administration.”

    Did you miss that part? This is a bad thing. But nonetheless, it’s worth looking at what Janet Reno is saying.


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