Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The uselessness of the Heller decision

Like I was saying, it really doesn't matter what the Heller decision is/was, because, as Glenn Reynolds said,

[D.C.'s] compliance seems to focus on imposing bureaucratic barriers in place of legal ones.

It comes as absolutely no surprise to me that they've essentially told the citizens of that city that the ban effectively stands, and that they'll have to register their firearms, submit to a battery of tests and keep the gun unloaded and disassembled. Lotta good that'll do ya when ya need it most.

Billy Beck is largely of the same opinion, and for good reason.

The moment that Adrian Fenty, Cheif Lanier and their entire band of enablers are all put behind bars (that should be RIGHT FUCKING NOW!, btw), someone can wake me up. Otherwise, the reality of the situation stands just as it did before Heller, with the citizen arming himself at the risk of the goons beating his door down for "permission" to protect himself.

If this type of effrontery doesn't make people go into a towering fucking rage, we, that is the U.S., are going to go the way of the Dodo bird.

Count on it.

Update, 7/17: It now seems that the put-upon party surrounding the case and the ruling of the court was denied a permit for his handgun. That's right, Dick Heller, the plaintiff, who was supposedly the only party with "standing" in the appellate court ruling to make it to the hearing in front of the SCOTUS, and was confirmed by the majority, was denied, again, his constitutional rights due to his semi-automatic handgun being "banned" according to the newest regulations as set forth from the disgusting D.C. city council. It's the same as a machine gun, you see. Only revolvers for the proles, according to the asshats who deem themselves to be the gods.

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Blogger chrisb said...

I am not surprised. DC is going to do whatever they can to get around it. There will be more lawsuits in the coming years, that strike down much of what they are trying to do.

As for Heller being worthless, I could not disagree more. Look at what is already happening in IL because of it.

It is going to take some time to work out the impact of the decision. In the meantime we must focus on electing Mr. McStain, so he can hopefully pick some decent judges for SCOTUS.

7:54 AM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

McStain. (chortles to himself)

That's one I hadn't heard before.

In regards to my comment about Heller being worthless, I suppose I could have qualified it better. Insofar as it relates to the actual case, and how it affects the residents of D.C., it seems to me anyway, that things aren't moving toward a position of freedom, but more toward a position of permission. That attitude has absolutely no place in this country, and I'm just tired of the constant nannying and nattering about how one must "submit" the powers-that-be in regards to how individuals lead their everyday lives.

As far as how the Heller decision is affecting the rest of the country, I must admit, I was completely surprised to see Chitown even talk about doing a one-eighty on the issue. Nothing much coming out of NYC or elsewhere, though the crime problem in NYC isn't nearly as bad as D.C., so the Joe Blow on the street doesn't have nearly the pressure applied at the practical level.

8:09 AM  
Blogger NotClauswitz said...

I think that most of the (working) population of DC are lawyers, so this and the constant stream of resulting lawsuits is just a job-creation mill for them.

1:42 PM  
Blogger chrisb said...

Yes I agree DC's act is bullshit, and should result in mass beatings of elected officials.

1:49 PM  
Blogger BobG said...

"Yes I agree DC's act is bullshit, and should result in mass beatings of elected officials."

I was thinking more on the order of something that involved tar, feathers, and a rail...

5:15 PM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

BobG, ChrisB,

You're thinking along the same lines as I. Unfortunate, but that is the only way these turds ever learn anything.

7:38 AM  
Blogger NotClauswitz said...

Tar and feathers is a waste of fossil fuels and down comforters, think *electricity* and sensitive parts and a knob that goes to ELEVEN - and going out for a cup of coffee while that's all still attached. Also there are supposed to be about twelve different ways to waterboard and I haven't tried any yet... It's summertime and playing in the water is supposed to be fun! :-)

12:02 PM  

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