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More Big Issues Go To Supremes

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The dispute over gun rights poses several important questions. Although the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, the court has never definitively said what it means to have a right to keep and bear arms. The justices also could indicate whether, even with a strong statement in support of gun rights, Washington’s handgun ban and other gun control laws can be upheld.

Officials at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said recently that they expect Washington’s 32-year-old handgun ban to fall but believe that background checks, limits on large-volume gun sales and prohibitions on certain categories of weapons can survive.

In addition to the guns case, the justices are still weighing whether Exxon Mobil Corp. has to pay a $2.5 billion punitive damages judgment over the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska in 1989 and whether people convicted of raping children may be executed.

Gun rights is biggest issue for court to decide – Yahoo! News

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Author: Bill

Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

One thought on “More Big Issues Go To Supremes

  1. It does appear that the Supremes have their hands full this session. Heller vs D.C. is not truly about firearms though. It is about individual rights. What is the purpose of the Bill of Rights? Is it there to limit government, or to empower the individual?
    The big government authoritarians always point out that you can’t yell fire in a crowded building. But, what if the building is, in fact, burning?

    I’m not quite sure what your point might be, but I suspect we disagree on the gun issue. It won’t be decided here, however, so I won’t be debating.

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