Guns

GUNS….From the LA Times:

The Supreme Court agreed today to take up one of the great debates involving the Constitution and to rule squarely on whether the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to have a gun at home for self-defense.

The justices said they would review a ruling that struck down a 31-year-old ban on handguns in Washington.

Good. Regardless of which side you take on this, I’ve long been astonished that, for all practical purposes, the Supreme Court has never ruled definitively on whether the 2nd Amendment protects individual gun rights.

Of course, the bad news is that this puts gun rights front and center in next year’s election, which is almost certainly something that Democrats would prefer to avoid. They better get their talking points ready.

(FWIW — which is pretty close to nothing — my own view has long been that both the wording and the history of the 2nd Amendment support a limited individual right to own guns. You can’t ban ’em, but you can regulate ’em.)

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