Five to Four For Gun Rights Say No More

Five to Four For Gun Rights Say No More
By Barbara Baird

Women’s Outdoor News
Women’s Outdoor News

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Another victory for gun rights took place when the Supreme Court held that the Constitution’s Second Amendment restrains government’s ability to significantly limit “the right to keep and bear arms.”

The vote was a 5-4 split – typical these days, especially when it comes to firearms cases.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for freedom and liberty,” said National Shooting Sports Foundation President Stephen L. Sanetti.

“All law-abiding Americans, no matter whether they live in a big city like Chicago or in rural Wyoming, have the same Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Constitutional rights don’t stop at state or city borders. Cities like Chicago and New York and states like California must now respect the Second Amendment.”

What Sanetti and others need to add, though, is “This trend could change quickly and flip-flop to 5-4 the other way.” In fact, adding anti-gun Supreme Court justice nominee Elena Kagan keeps the progressive, anti-gun side of the bench in play for many years. Look at the executive branch and where it comes from and that is not a big surprise.

The big surprise will come when a conservative-leaning judge retires and is replaced by another Sotomayor or Kagan. It’ll be 5-4 the other way, and then, we’ll really have our work cut out for us.

~Barbara Baird

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Fresno CPA

If criminals could get access to a gun, law abiding citizens should have the right to defend themselves.

Barbara Baird

Am not forgetting anything here, Marv. Just noting that 5-4 is a squeaker, and if we lose a conservative judge during Obama's term, our gun rights will be stripped fast. And the Constitution rewritten in the Court.


The author seems to forget the SC tradition that most Justices adhere to. Conservative Justices retire during Republican administrations while liberal Justices retire when Democrats are in power. Except for the case above, cross your fingers until one is forced to retire either by health problems or death.