WASHINGTON, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eagle Forum, a leading
pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, author of The
Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It, praises the U.S.
Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today which overturned the D.C gun ban. The
case, District of Columbia v. Heller, was argued before the U.S. Supreme
Court on March 18, 2008 after the District of Columbia appealed the ruling
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which affirmed that the
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual right to
keep and bear arms. The District's 32-year-old ban on handguns and its
requirement that guns kept in the home be unloaded or inoperable at all
times, even in cases of self-defense, violates that constitutional right.
This case marks the first time since 1939 that a Second Amendment case has
reached the Supreme Court.
"This gun decision is a rare breath of fresh air from the U.S. Supreme
Court, whose judicial activism has been on high-profile display over the
past few weeks," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard. "The
goal of the gun-control advocates has long been to misuse the courts to
obtain a result contrary to the will of the American people."
"The majority of Americans see the absurdity of gun control and
recognize the valuable self-defense function of guns," stated Echard. "This
is why no state in the country bans home possession of handguns, let alone
all functional firearms, like Washington, D.C. Gun control is so unpopular,
even the Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, dare not brag
about his support for it."
"Not only was the D.C. gun ban a blatant violation of the Second
Amendment, but it was a proven failure," said Echard. "It is one of the
reasons D.C. has come to be known as the 'nation's murder capital.' The
ban's only accomplishment was to assure criminals that the law-abiding
citizens they were robbing, attacking, and targeting were unarmed and
unable to defend themselves and their families."
"This decision, coupled with the rejection of every argument posed by
the District of Columbia in favor of the ban, as well as New York's Second
Circuit dismissal of a lawsuit against gun manufacturers in City of New
York v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp., should be a signal to Congress to pass
legislation that withdraws jurisdiction from the courts to hear Second
Amendment cases," concluded Echard. "'We the people' must return the
judiciary to its proper place in our constitutional separation of powers
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