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Second Amendment Before SCOTUS, Again

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2010/03/02

From MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer:

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court appeared willing Tuesday to say that the Constitution’s right to possess guns limits state and local regulation of firearms. But the justices also suggested that some gun control measures might not be affected.

The court heard arguments in a case that challenges handgun bans in the Chicago area by asking the high court to extend to state and local jurisdictions the sweep of its 2008 decision striking down a gun ban in the federal enclave of Washington, D.C.

The biggest questions before the court seemed to be how, rather than whether, to issue such a ruling and whether some regulation of firearms could survive. On the latter point, Justice Antonin Scalia said the majority opinion he wrote in the 2008 case “said as much.”

(more at the link)

It sounds to me that SCOTUS will once again deal gun-control advocates a proper defeat. And it sounds like Mark Sherman also believes gun-control advocates will be defeated (although I suspect Mr Sherman doesn’t approve, due to his position in the lamestream media). As Mr Sherman suggests, the extent of Second Amendment rights may be the focus of determination, and not whether states and localities can restrict gun rights.

This sounds to me to be another major victory for Second Amendment advocates. But it may come at the cost of Tenth Amendment rights. While I strongly approve the move to return Second Amendment rights to where they belong, and I am pleased by what appears to be the forthcoming SCOTUS decision, my approval and pleasure is modified by my concern over the effects this decision will have on the Tenth Amendment.

I would like more information regarding States’ Rights where this expected Second Amendment Rights decision is concerned.

UPDATE: From Patterico’s favorite Dog Trainer comes this wonderful headline:

Justices signal they’re ready to make gun ownership a national right

Isn’t that like saying “Scientists plan on claiming water is wet”?

Reporting from Washington – The Supreme Court justices, hearing a 2nd Amendment challenge to Chicago’s ban on handguns, signaled Tuesday that they were ready to extend gun rights nationwide, clearing the way for legal attacks on state and local gun restrictions.

Umm, Mr Savage, the Second Amendment already did that; SCOTUS is only going to confirm what the Second Amendment already said.

HT Sharon for the update.

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Lets Go For A Spin

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2010/03/02

Feel a little extra dizzy lately? Feel a little extra tired lately? It’s not your fault. It’s nature’s fault. You see, the Earth is spinning faster now than it was before.

The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth’s rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.

The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

“Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth’s axis,” NASA officials said in a Monday update.

(snip)

Strong earthquakes have altered Earth’s days and its axis in the past. The 9.1 Sumatran earthquake in 2004, which set off a deadly tsunami, should have shortened Earth’s days by 6.8 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 2.76 inches (7 cm, or 2.32 milliarcseconds).

So these earthquakes have sped up the Earth’s spin, shortening the Earth-days. These earthquakes have also altered the Earth’s “figure axis.” I wonder how that will impact climate and weather.

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