Court decision good news
There is good new for gun rights advocates today. The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping on its docket a case challenging a New York City gun control regulation – even though the city, apparently seeing the handwriting on the wall, erased the regulation from its books.
The court, since deciding in 2010’s McDonald decision that the Second Amendment apples to the states, has steered clear of the gun debate and still could decide to declare the case moot after hearing arguments in December.
New York City had banned transporting legally owned guns outside city limits, even unloaded and locked in a container. A district court and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the regulation. The Supreme Court in January agreed to hear a challenge mounted by gun rights groups. Groups backing gun control worked with the city and state to rescind the ban rather than risk a loss in court.
The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, already has set off a partisan debate with five Senate Democrats urging the court to dismiss the case or face being “restructured.” All 53 Senate Republicans fired off a letter to the court complaining Democrats “openly threatened this court with political retribution.”
The court to its credit was not intimidated by the threat and chose to hear the case no matter New York City’s rescission of the reg.
As our friends on the Left tirelessly work to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, to deprive them of a means of self-protection and recreation, we can only wonder at their final goal. Some of what they do is baffling and seemingly has no relation to their stated aim of making us all “safer.” What, then, do they really want?
We are left to remember the late Orlando Sentinel columnist Charley Reese’s sage observation:
“A government that intended to protect the liberty of the people would not disarm them. A government planning the opposite most certainly and logically would disarm them. And so it has been in this century. Check out the history of Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, China and Cambodia.”