3/04/2010

Chicago Handgun Case


Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments [article link] from both sides in the McDonald vs Chicago case on the plaintiffs bid to have the handgun ban lifted from the Windy City. Mr. McDonald, a 76 year old retiree living on the southside of Chicago, wants to be able to have a handgun for self-defense. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled the ban in Washington D.C. as unconstitutional. This case will have broader implications than the Washington D.C. case since that case was limited to federal jurisdictions.

I will be totally honest. I was not aware there were any handgun bans anywhere in the U.S. until the D.C. ban was overturned a couple of years ago. No matter how much progressives hate it, the 2nd Amendment isn't going away. People have a right to defend themselves, such as Mr. McDonald. He lives in a tough neighborhood, a place that Chicago police have second thoughts about going into. Sure, a 76 year old man wouldn't have much of a chance against some young punks with a 9mm or Glock. But, he would at least have that chance. Without a gun to protect himself, he has no chance. I personally don't own a gun, other than a 50 year old relic of a shotgun that was passed on to me from my late grandfather. I would more likely use it as a club than try to shoot it. But, just because I don't own a gun, I don't feel like telling someone else they can't either.

I have a feeling this Chicago case will be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. I know everything points to it being overturned. But, I believe this will be another attack on the 2nd Amendment by the whacko leftists of Chicago.




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