View Full Version : I was wrong about the NRA
June 29, 2008, 09:59
When the Heller (previously Parker) suit was progressing through the court system I was really disappointed that the NRA was trying to hijack it, or even stop it.
After seeing how close the vote was, however, it seems that their motives may have been caution rather than self-interest.
It is amazing that 4 justices could ignore so many facts in order to support a position that I'm sure their "guts" were telling them was right, and is probably what they were taught when they were in law school.
June 29, 2008, 11:19
Originally posted by granite
.....After seeing how close the vote was, however, it seems that their motives may have been caution rather than self-interest. ....
We have won very little with this decision, we could have lost a lot. This is what the NRA has been preaching.
June 29, 2008, 16:30
I disagree. The de-facto legal interpretation for many decades was that the Second Ammendment was not an individual right. No gun law had previously been overturned on a Second Ammedment challenge. There would have been no loss, because all we had was an empty, useless ammendment.
Yes it was close, and it was a gamble, but there was no reason to believe that things would be better in the future. There was no reason to believe that a new crop of Second Ammendment-friendly justices would be sitting on the bench, appointed by a pro-gun president. At the time, there was every reason to expect that rabid antigunners, such as Hillary and Giuliani, would be president.
At this point, we will still have to wait a few years to find how many gun laws will be overturned as a result of Heller before we can measure the extent of the victory. However, it is clear that what we have now is more than what we had before, which was nothing.
When you have nothing to lose and something to gain, I say take the gamble. I didn't expect a positive outcome from a Supreme Court ruling, but I saw no reason not to pursue the matter.
June 29, 2008, 16:54
This was a damned if you do, bamned if you don't deal. Look while agree
that it's miles away from perfect, it's beats the alternative. There is much to
be done legally and the NRA seems to have bloodlust at the moment, I even
dusted off one of my NRA hats and went to the Range.
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