Supreme Court's Historic Opportunity to Restore the Constitution

21 Nov, 2007, 00:00 ET from Gun Owners of America

    SPRINGFIELD, Va., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The decision by
 the Supreme Court to rule on the DC gun ban gives them an historic
 opportunity to return to the original meaning of the Second Amendment,"
 said Gun Owners of America's executive director, Larry Pratt.
 
 
 
     "The case, Heller v. D.C., resulted in nullification of the gun ban in
 the District of Columbia. Judge Laurence Silberman wrote the majority
 opinion for the DC Court of Appeals which decided that the DC law violated
 the individual right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second
 Amendment.
 
 
 
     "Silberman's opinion was based on an extensive review of the historical
 record which makes it clear that the militia is a mandatory body comprised
 of all military-aged males who must own their own military weapons. He
 found that the 'state' referred to in the Second Amendment is a reference
 to society, not a political entity," Pratt said.
 
 
 
     "The response of the District of Columbia reflects not only an
 ignorance of the Constitution, but the bloody record of the gun ban in the
 District. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has lamented the excess of handguns in the
 District, and the citizens who are dying because of them.
 
 
 
     "This is hardly a reason to ignore the Constitution, much less because
 the Mayor's position is totally false," Pratt continued. "There are not
 enough guns in the District. Other than the police, only criminals have
 them. That is why they are so brazen. Assailants are much more restrained
 in neighboring Virginia where the murder rate -- in Fairfax County -- was
 0.3 per 100,000 people in 2005. In the same year in DC, the murder rate was
 100 times greater at 35 per 100,000.
 
 
 
     "Gun Owners of America encourages the Supreme Court to tell the DC
 solons: 'You already have the most effective crime fighting tool at your
 disposal which you should use -- the Second Amendment," Pratt concluded.
 
 
 
     NOTE: Gun Owners Foundation will be submitting an amicus brief before
 the Supreme Court in support of the lower court's opinion.
 
 
 
     Larry Pratt is the Executive Director for Gun Owners of America, a
 national gun lobby with over 300,000 members. GOA is located at 8001 Forbes
 Place, Springfield, VA 22151 and at http://www.gunowners.org on the web.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Gun Owners of America
    SPRINGFIELD, Va., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The decision by
 the Supreme Court to rule on the DC gun ban gives them an historic
 opportunity to return to the original meaning of the Second Amendment,"
 said Gun Owners of America's executive director, Larry Pratt.
 
 
 
     "The case, Heller v. D.C., resulted in nullification of the gun ban in
 the District of Columbia. Judge Laurence Silberman wrote the majority
 opinion for the DC Court of Appeals which decided that the DC law violated
 the individual right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second
 Amendment.
 
 
 
     "Silberman's opinion was based on an extensive review of the historical
 record which makes it clear that the militia is a mandatory body comprised
 of all military-aged males who must own their own military weapons. He
 found that the 'state' referred to in the Second Amendment is a reference
 to society, not a political entity," Pratt said.
 
 
 
     "The response of the District of Columbia reflects not only an
 ignorance of the Constitution, but the bloody record of the gun ban in the
 District. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has lamented the excess of handguns in the
 District, and the citizens who are dying because of them.
 
 
 
     "This is hardly a reason to ignore the Constitution, much less because
 the Mayor's position is totally false," Pratt continued. "There are not
 enough guns in the District. Other than the police, only criminals have
 them. That is why they are so brazen. Assailants are much more restrained
 in neighboring Virginia where the murder rate -- in Fairfax County -- was
 0.3 per 100,000 people in 2005. In the same year in DC, the murder rate was
 100 times greater at 35 per 100,000.
 
 
 
     "Gun Owners of America encourages the Supreme Court to tell the DC
 solons: 'You already have the most effective crime fighting tool at your
 disposal which you should use -- the Second Amendment," Pratt concluded.
 
 
 
     NOTE: Gun Owners Foundation will be submitting an amicus brief before
 the Supreme Court in support of the lower court's opinion.
 
 
 
     Larry Pratt is the Executive Director for Gun Owners of America, a
 national gun lobby with over 300,000 members. GOA is located at 8001 Forbes
 Place, Springfield, VA 22151 and at http://www.gunowners.org on the web.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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