Pro-gun control forces not optimistic
Story in The Hill.
"“It’s a pro-gun House, a pro-gun Senate and [Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)] won’t want to deal with it,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy stressed that she is not giving up on reauthorizing the weapons ban that sunsetted in 2004, but also made clear she is not holding her breath."
Don't believe this. If Dems see gains in both the House and Senate look for an attempt to move HR-1022.
Posted by: Jacob at May 22, 2008 09:41 AM
Missing from the article is any discussion of the potential impact of the Supreme Court's forthcoming Heller decision. I initially found McCarthy, Helmke, et al. overlooking this skunk at their garden party to be a bit strange. On further consideration, given the strong likelihood that the Court will recognize an individual RKBA to at least some extent, perhaps the anti-gun crowd simply don't want to acknowledge any possible link between the Second Amendment right and their continuing efforts to expand their vision of "reasonable" gun control?
Frankly, I think an individual rights Heller ruling could cut either way -- it might energize the anti-gun types to enact the maximum additional restrictions they think can be supported by any plausible reading of Heller, tacitly (or perhaps explicitly?) following the model used by pro-life groups to attempt to narrow Roe v. Wade. On the other hand, a favorable Heller ruling might almost immediately lead to court challenges of numerous firearms restrictions around the country, and perhaps even attempts at legislative rollbacks of gun control with the reasoning that the bills simply repeal Unconstitutional laws. Or all of the above.
Either way, I fear we're going to have "Interesting Times" for Second Amendment analysts on all sides of the issue -- in the sense that phrase is used in the ancient Chinese curse, "may you live in Interesting Times."
Posted by: zippypinhead at May 22, 2008 01:01 PM
Hey Libs: My freedom is not up for debate! Don't like it? Increase your dose of meds!
Posted by: The Mechanic at May 22, 2008 01:36 PM
It's a hudna. Keep your powder dry folks, we're gonna need it.
Posted by: RKV at May 23, 2008 12:16 PM
The right to defend my life is a birth-right as a human,as an American I do not have the right to give up my guns.
Posted by: Americanborn at June 7, 2008 10:18 PM