Glenn Reynolds' take on Parker
It's here, with link to a pdf download. The paper discusses the upcoming Term, with Parker beginning at p. 13. Gist: Supremes vote-counting is an operation in guesswork. Prof. Mark Tushnet thinks there aren't five votes for an individual right (the four liberals will go against, and Kennedy, who comes from a conservative standpoint not sympathetic to individual rights) will join them. But Prof. Larry Tribe (the archtypical liberal) thinks individual rights will win out. He cites some writers who believe (and I quite agree) that this would be THE case of the Term. The number of Americans who feel strongly about this issue probably outnumbers those who feel the same about, oh, Gitmo detainees or other "hot" Supremes issues by a thousand to one, perhaps ten thousand to one.
I don't consider the "liberal wing" as a lost cause, as Tushnet apparently does. The leading lights on the individual rights side are all quite liberal. Akhil Amar, Sanford Levinson, William van Alstyne. Don Kates and Joe Olson got their start as civil rights workers who took up arms to defend against attack. This issue resonates across political lines. Heck, I know a devout Marxist who is a lifer in the NRA, and his explanations make more sense than the conservative ones. I.e., how will the workers defend themselves without arms? Why do most gun control schemes have exceptions for corporations' hired guards?
In Volupate Mors comments, in a comment blocked by the spam filter for some reason:
Your Marxist friend is right. As you know, the NFA contains a provision that allows corporations and trusts to purchase NFA firearms without local law enforcement sign-off; individuals have to be approved by the local CLEO.
As you also know, only the military and law enforcement can presently purchase machine guns that were made after May 1986. Someone is floating a proposal to allow security companies, who conveniently have contracts with state or federal governments, to purchase newly made machine guns.
Finally, Orwell noted that the rifle hanging above the door of a worker's cottage was the last thing standing between freedom and tyranny. He was right.