The right to bear arms
There's a reason both sides of the gun-control issue are pressuring the Supreme Court to rule on the District of Columbia's firearm ban, said The Washington Post. The court hasn't spoken on the Second Amendment since 1939. No one argues the right to bear
All sides this week are urging the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the District of Columbia’s strict gun-control law. The case offers the court a chance to rule on whether the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” applies to individuals, or only members of a “well regulated Militia.” (International Herald Tribune)
What the commentators said
The justices have “stayed silent” long enough, said The Washington Post in an editorial (free registration). “Unlike on many other hot-button issues such as abortion or affirmative action, the court has not spoken on such a fundamental Second Amendment matter since 1939.”
It’s high time for the court to “unsnarl the opaque phrasing” of the Second Amendment, said USA Today in an editorial. The justices shouldn’t “take guns away from those who use them responsibly,” but they also shouldn’t make cities “disarm themselves” in the fight to make their streets safer.
“No one argues” the right to bear arms “is absolute,” said Robert A. Levy in the Los Angeles Times (free registration), but the “feckless ban” on “all handguns, in all homes, for all residents” in Washington, D.C., is clearly unconstitutional.
It’s also dangerous, said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, also in USA Today. Study after study shows that crime rates fall in places where “citizens are able to defend themselves with guns.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
MOST POPULAR ON THE WEEK
- Who are the real gay marriage bigots?
- Why is American internet so slow?
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- Don't worry: World War III will almost certainly never happen
- Watch The Daily Show mock Fox News' confused man-crush on Vladimir Putin
- The new bride who had a horrifying allergic reaction to her husband's sperm
- Religious liberty should be a liberal value, too
- 22 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The one simple thing that can make you much more impressive
Subscribe to the Week