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Thread: Mayor Appeals D.C. Overturned Gun Ban To The SCOTUS

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    http://www.nbc4.com/politics/1403843...=headlineclick

    If the Supreme Court takes the case, it could lead to the first direct ruling by the high court on the Second Amendment since 1939. Activists on both sides say they would welcome such a ruling. Gun control advocates have a lot to lose, however, since a ruling against the district could affect tough gun laws in other cities and states.

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    Here is another article on the same story:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story...023&page=1

    I love the quote from Mayor Fenty: "Whatever right the Second Amendment guarantees, it does not require the district to stand by while its citizens die."

    My response would be, "No sir, it does not...so why are you standing by and watching your citizens die?!?"

    Let just hope the District brings such a strong legal argument before the Supreme Court!

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    Op-Ed piece written by Mayor Fenty and the DC AG, Linda Singer:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...090300797.html

    Snip [emphasis added]:
    On a related note, the courts also repeatedly recognized that the Second Amendment is meant to constrain the federal government alone. Another longstanding Supreme Court precedent, Presser v. Illinois, establishes that the Second Amendment simply does not apply to state regulation of gun possession and use. The District should have authority just like that of the states, if for no other reason than to avoid the absurd result that the nation's capital alone would lack the ability to take the steps the local government believes are needed to keep its residents safe.
    i.e. the 2nd Amendment should only apply to the federal government and D.C. should be recognized as a state; not because of what the constitution says or two hundred years of precedent, but because I, the mayor, say so - in the name of public safety!

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