The Supreme Court, the Second Amendment, and November

Anyone who thinks that it doesn’t really matter who is elected President of the United States this November would do well to consider this case carefully. All four of the conservative Justices — Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Alito — voted to protect the rights of individual gun-owners, as did Justice Kennedy, who is often described as a swing vote on the Court. All four of the liberal justices — Stevens, Ginsburg, Souter and Breyer, would have allowed states to outlaw your personal firearms.

And all nine members of the Court were appointed by presidents and confirmed by the Senate. So when voters are considering how to cast their votes this November, they might also consider that a shift of only one vote is the difference between a Supreme Court standing behind the plain language of the US Constitution and the individual’s gun rights on the one hand, or a Court that would allow politicians to decide whether we may keep our guns at all.

Red/Blue Blog
6/27/8