The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it's going to "decide whether the constitutional right of individuals to own firearms trumped state and local laws."
It stems from challenges by individuals and guns rights activist groups over laws in Chicago, specifically.
Check out these statistics:
"Eighty percent of Chicago's 510 murders in 2008 were committed with guns -- among them 34 Chicago schoolchildren."
But hey, let's fight for our gun rights. Us having guns individually is far more important than trying to tamp down the number of people who are shot and killed in the city, right?
I know the arguments, too--I can hear it now. The people for shooting down the state and local laws are going to say that it's not the law-abiding people who will shoot and kill people--it's the "outlaws" and criminals who we need to defend ourselves against.
But the statistics show otherwise, frankly, and I'm not going to get into that here.
The city governments will come out against these state and local laws being found unconstitutional.
The state governments are going to come out against dropping these things, of course.
The police departments will be squarely against this, of course. (But what do the police know, right?).
Churches? Most likely the same way--against it.
But, much as I hate to say it, I'd put money on this Supreme Court coming out for knocking down these state and local laws that restrict guns and gun ownership and, instead, for individuals gun rights.
I hope I'm wrong but doubt it strongly.
And that's sad.
"More guns for everybody!"
It's the NRA way.
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