SCOTUS McDonald v Chicago

The ruling on Monday, June 28, 2010 by  the US Supreme Court  in the case of McDonald v Chicago is  historic and important.  The  5-4 decision in  favor  of the individual right to keep and bear arms was an important upholdance of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Many people rightly have concern about the four dissenting votes in this case.  Rightly so.  We seem to have four Justices at the highest level of the Judicial Branch of the U.S. government that do not interpret the Second Amendment to mean that individuals have the  right to own  firearms to protect and defend.

My first thought on hearing of this close decision was this:

“What if the ruling had gone the other way?”

What would the reaction of the pro-gun rights crowd be?   Of  course it would be peaceful, though the media might warn   of cases of violence.  I do  not believe that this ruling would have been “The straw that broke the camel’s back.”

I  am  an  optimist, and I believe that a ruling  in favor of the City of Chicago’s   gun  ban would  have strengthened the pro-gun rights movement.  The election of President Obama was a large awakening for the movement.  Without any direct threat  or promise, many feared a change in the White House would greatly affect their Second Amendment rights.  These fears were well founded by facts and previous actions of  the President and his men.

This was a close victory for those that believe in the great American right to keep and bear arms.  Let us not take this victory for granted and  fail to see the other challenges in the future.  Many elements  of society still want to make it illegal   for law-abiding citizens to own firearms with which to defend themselves.  They will work any other avenues available.

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