I disagreed with their ruling earlier this week forbidding the death penalty for crimes other than murder and treason, but they’re back on track striking down the D.C. handgun ban as unconstitutional. I’m still frustrated by the opposition arguing stupidly, though.
Elilta “Lily” Habtu, however, told the high court that she supports the handgun ban, and tighter gun control in general. Habtu was in a Virginia Tech classroom in April 2007 when fellow student Seung-Hui Cho burst in and began shooting. She survived bullets to the head and arm.
“There has to be tighter gun control; we can’t let another Virginia Tech to happen,” she told the court.
This, despite the fact that Virginia Tech has a complete ban on handguns, and despite the fact that D.C. with a handgun ban had 143 gun-related murders last year compared to 135 the year before the ban went into effect. Why are people so blind to facts? I’m glad that 5 out of 9 supreme court justices saw the truth. Still, that’s an awfully slim margin for something that should be clear cut. The second amendment to the Constitution is only confusing to people with a poor grasp of the English language. It very clearly states “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” What comes before that is merely the reason why the right of the people is to be protected. In my opinion, it’s an outdated reason… but defense of self, family, and home is a far better reason.