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Yay! We Lost!

Joe Grace, executive director of CeaseFire PA, continues his string of declaring victory while being devoured by the jaws of defeat.

Go West Young Man!

Alan Gura is forging ahead to challenge the Chicago handgun ban, along with ISRA, and SAF.  We wish him luck.  NRA says they will file some suits in California as well.

I Don’t Get It Either

Megan McArdle says that guns are a feminist issue.  Bitter and I couldn’t agree more.  Someone forgot to tell Justice Ginsburg though.

Heller Humor

Seen at Volokh:

So, carrying swords and pistols, for the purpose of dueling, will likely remain illegal? I for one, am disappointed.

Fun on Hardball

Ahab has a link to Wayne LaPierre and Paul Helmke on MS-NBC’s hardball.

UPDATE: I’m willing to bet that Paul and Wayne can probably at least agree that Chris Matthews is a horse’s ass.

We Won Heller …

… and all I got was this lousy headache.  Yeah, from this.  Drunk blogging climaxed right around this post, which you might have guessed from the swearing, and my not being my normal, analytical self.  Of course, that’s not to say I still don’t stand behind what I wrote.

Quote of the Day

From the Juliet Leftwich (great name for a gun grabber, isn’t it?) lead counsel for Legal Community Against Gun Violence:

“We are concerned the resources are going to be diverted to the defense of laws already on the books”

That’s music to my ears.  Welcome to the post Heller world!

Gun Rights and Property Rights

Ilya Somin has a sobering post comparing gun rights to property rights:

With very few exceptions, the effort to strengthen protection for property rights was categorically opposed by the Court’s liberal justices. Any property rights case that got to the Court almost starts with four guaranteed votes in favor of the government. This has two important effects.

First, any division in the ranks of the conservative justices is likely to be fatal for property rights in the case at issue. For example, Justice Anthony Kennedy voted with the liberal justices in Kelo and several other important property rights cases, leading to important setbacks for property supporters.

This is why we must vote McCain to keep Obama out of the oval office.  McCain is far from perfect, but neither were the two Bush’s, which we would be facing a loss on Heller had it not been for electing them.

As with property rights, the ideological division on the Court also leaves any gains vulnerable to future reversal in the event that a Democratic president is elected. The liberal justices’ opposition to gun rights is also shared by the vast majority of liberal judges on the lower courts. If Obama (or any other Democrat) becomes president, they will likely appoint justices who share these views. Even if Obama does not make this issue a major priority in his nomination decisions, the fact that he will want to nominate justices who are liberal on other constitutional issues will ensure a strong likelihood that they would also embrace the dominant liberal position on this issue. This happened in the case property rights as well. Opposition to property rights was probably not a major factor in Clinton’s choice of Ginsburg and Breyer. Indeed, Clinton was among those who later vehemently denounced the Kelo decision. Nonetheless, these two justices turned out be property rights opponents (even in Kelo) precisely because Clinton did make a priority of appointing judges who are generally liberal, and such judges are likely to be anti-property rights.

Seriously, McCain sucks, except for the alternative.  Let’s not get complacent here, or this day will be all for naught.

Bias in the Media

Go see the video Jacob has up, and be outraged.  He also has the Brady Campaign reaction.

At Least They’re Honest

The Chicago Tribune says we would repeal the second amendment.   I propose we repeal the first amendment, but only as it applies to the Chicago Tribune!  Piss on my rights, I piss on yours.  It’s a simple equation.  We have to respect each others rights, otherwise this grand 232 year old experiment is finished.  Think about it.

Hat tip to Keyboard and a .45

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