In the September 2008 issue of Liberty, one Jon Harrison writes:
The Supreme Court … has recently handed down a couple of awful decisions. … But as the current term came to a close, the court (by a 5-4 vote) struck a great blow for liberty by preserving the meaning of the Second Amendment. Because of its decision in … Heller, citizens will retain the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Thank you, Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy.
The decision was finely rendered. The majority did not open the floodgates by finding a right for citizens to own machine guns …. Reasonable restrictions on firearms, as determined by legislatures, will still be possible. The five justices showed wisdom and restraint–the opposite of what their activist brethren typically display.
The case, I should mention, got to the court thanks to the efforts of libertarians, specifically people at Cato. The victory was a shining moment for the libertarian cause.
Wow. Some huge victory. And let’s not forget to thank our masters, five robed state employees, for temporarily granting us a very narrow privilege.
See also my previous post Cato on “sensible gun regulations”.9:30 am on July 28, 2008 Email Stephan Kinsella