High Court Takes Hiatus From Judicial Supremacy to Strike Down D.C. Gun Ban

Jun 26, 2008, 01:00 ET from Eagle Forum

    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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