The DC gun ban case and media bias.

This is more true than anything else you will read today.

The Heller Case, commonly referred to as the DC Gun Case, went before the Supreme Court today and may finally resolve the question of whether or not owning a gun is an individual right.  Since the Constitution is unambiguous about it, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” this case should be a slam dunk.  But since the Supreme Court seems more open to the whims of the members rather than bound by the oath they swore upon entering office (see the Kilo decision), anything is possible.

There’s no point in arguing the merits of the case, some people support individual rights, other don’t like them and want the court to rule them on to the ash heap of history (rather than go about doing away with an amendment to the Constitution the way it was designed to be done – by amending it again (see prohibition).  That’s fine, they can think it all they want, at least until someone doesn’t like what people think and gets a legal ruling against having those thoughts, that’s not really the point.

What is telling about this case is the clear line of editorial input in the first line of this Associated Press story:

Advocates of gun rights and opponents of gun violence demonstrated outside the Supreme Court Tuesday while inside, justices heard arguments over the meaning of the Second Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms.”

Catch the implication there?  As if those who advocate for gun rights somehow support gun violence, perhaps not explicitly, but implicitly. 

What is really telling about the different sides is this part of the story:

Anise Jenkins, president of a coalition called Stand Up for Democracy in D.C., defended the district’s 32-year-old ban on handgun ownership.

“We feel our local council knows what we need for a good standard of life and to keep us safe,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins and members of Stand Up for Democracy in DC have full faith in government to take care of them over themselves.  That is both telling and disturbing.  Washington DC has one of the highest murder rates in the country WITH a gun ban, yet Jenkins “feels” the government that horribly mismanages the District will somehow magically take care of its citizens when criminals strike. 

Criminals specifically avoid the strong in society, hence the phrase “prey on the weak.”  People are free to be as weak as they like, but the Constitution clearly grants everyone the right to choose whether they wish to so or not.  Mr. Heller chooses not be to weak, he chooses to protect himself.  It’s now in the hands of the Supreme Court to determine if he’s allowed to exercise that right.


5 Responses to “The DC gun ban case and media bias.”

  1. 1 "Mr. E"
    March 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Criminals who wish to not “get Swiss Cheesed” will be very happy if the courts support a gun ban. So let’s stand up to the criminals and fight against gun control! Break in to commit a robbery…turn the robber into a human swiss cheese! Any questions?

  2. 2 Mr. E
    March 19, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    To make what I said a little more clear, call it the Blaze Of Shame! Or you can call it the Bullet Dance. Flush out a rat before it bites into your life…send it running into the iron cage called prison! If one is stupid enough to want a human swiss cheese, it will make itself into one.

  3. 3 JJ
    April 9, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    WWTJD? What would Thomas Jefferson Do? I’ll tell you, roll over in his grave, and re-bury himself in England.
    How embarrasing for the U.S.A. Our civil rights are being infringed upon by the very people who are supposed to protect them.
    Now, DC is asking residents to “voluntarily submit to door to door searches in high crime neighborhoods”…
    So, DC is not only ignoring the 2nd amendment, but also the 4th.
    Why not just bring back slavery, take away ERA rights and re-enact prohibition?
    Where did we go so wrong?
    Over 30 years of a gun ban in DC and in that time thousands upon thousands of people have been murdered by GUNS, it has been named murder capitol of the US for a few years and yet A. Fenty wants to keep this policy in place?
    I WOULD NOT live in a place the requires me to be defenseless.
    Lets just outlaw cars, tobacco and McDonalds, these kill 100 times more people per year than gun crimes do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 JJ
    April 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm


    1.You believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than nuclear weapons in the hands of the Red Chinese.

    2.You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of funding.

    3.You have to be against capital punishment but for abortion on demand-in short, you support protecting the guilty and killing the innocent.

    4.You have to believe that all trial lawyers are selfless heroes and all doctors are overpaid.

    5.You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented charges in climate, than by yuppies driving SUVs.

    6.You have to believe that gender roles is right-wing propaganda, but being gay is natural.

    7.You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.

    8.You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

    9.You have to believe the NRA is bad, because it stands up for certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good, because it stands up for certain parts of the Constitution.

    10.You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried is because the right people haven’t been in charge

  5. 5 Ugh
    September 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I agree with you guys for the most part, but comments like “turn the robber into a human swiss cheese!” kind of supports the theory that you’re a proponent of violence, no?

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