Gun Control Is Dead

Conservatives celebrate, liberals predict anarchy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 1:59 PM CDT
Greg Dement, left, is handed a Starbucks coffee drink as he sits with a handgun strapped to his belt in Seattle in this March 3, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court issued a major gun rights decision today, one that conservatives believe forever ends gun control in America. Here’s what the pundits are saying:

  • David Rittgers of the National Review expects violent crime to fall now that people can finally defend themselves. The decision finally kills off “the preposterous idea that governments can reduce the number of victims of violent crime by taking away their means of resistance.”

  • The ruling is just logical, agrees Ed Morrissey of Hot Air. The court’s already ruled that the Constitution limits state laws, and that includes the Second Amendment. “That’s not terribly difficult to comprehend, but Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor want to eat their cake and have it, too.”
  • But Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution sees it as an ironic display of judicial activism. “The ostensibly conservative, anti-activist, pro-states’ rights Roberts court” has robbed state legislatures of power.
  • David Ignatius of the Washington Post, meanwhile, predicts a surge of gun purchasing, that will send us headlong toward "the state-of-nature, everyone for himself logic that prevails in places such as Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan."

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