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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    QoTD: On Reality Comment
    Gregory Morris, 3/24/08 1:46:31 pm
    From Robb:
    It sucks, but reality has a horrible track record for being fair.


    Truth. Deal with it. I would also love to see Alan Gura standing on the table, shaking his fist screaming "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED"... but reality doesn't work that way. Let's take what we can get while we can get it, and work for more later.

    A lot of people have been discussing what to go after next. Machine guns are going to have to wait. Chicago and New York will be the most likely targets. Some other folks suggest sound suppression devices might be a good thing to go after. I agree it would be great to have them back, but...
    First: Don't count your chickens folks. SCOTUS hasn't dropped the hammer.
    Second: If any part of the Miller test remains (which I believe it will) there will be a need to demonstrate that a silencer has a militia-related use. Regardless of that thought, SCOTUS is ruling on a gun ban, and a silencer is not a gun, ergo I seriously doubt using an "individual right" ruling is going to help the case of easing restrictions on suppressors. Along that same line, it will be hard to go after most accessory restrictions, and possibly even some ammunition bans.

    What other infringements can we go after with this ruling? Clearly we have to focus on the most gross infringements first. Also, issues that will garner some public sympathy are a must. Assuming Heller goes how "everyone" has predicted (2A == an individual right, with some "reasonable restrictions" allowed) then my personal opinion is going after local bans on classes of weapons, as well as any kind of restriction that could possibly be conceived as unfair to a certain class of people. Once there is some case law that adequately follows the spirit of the Supreme Court precedent, we will then be able to use those to go after bigger goals.

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