Quote of the day–Steve Chapman

Odds are it will lose. Last year’s ruling was limited to the District of Columbia, which is unique in being a federal enclave. The only question in this case is whether the 2nd Amendment applies to states and municipalities, as most other freedoms in the Bill of Rights now do.

It’s hard to think of a compelling reason that the court would say states don’t have to respect the right to keep and bear arms. Law professor Ronald Rotunda of Chapman University told me that he gives the Chicago law only a one in five chance of surviving.

Steve Chapman
September 30, 2009
The end of the Chicago handgun ban
[This was based on the news that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case that will decide whether the 2nd Amendment applies to states and other political jurisdictions or just the Federal government.

Amazing. Ten years ago I was talking to leaders in the gun rights movement who said that we would completely lose the right to keep and bear arms within ten years with Chicago-like discrimination against gun owners the norm. Now we are poised on the edge of slapping them aside into the dustbin of history along with segregated schools, restrooms, and water fountains.–Joe]


2 thoughts on “Quote of the day–Steve Chapman

  1. Ten years ago I certainly would have agreed. We have made fantastic progress, time for a quick pat on the back and “carry on”. There’s still a lot of progress to be made so we don’t want folks to fall back into the couch cushions just yet.

  2. At the Nordyke II after-party the other day Don Kates freely admitted that when he started working on gun rights thirty-plus years ago, he thought we’d “never” have made it as far as we have today.

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