It’s come down to Tuesday.
Next Tuesday is the final day of the Supreme Court session. They are due to release their decision in McDonald Vs. Chicago. It will likely make the Second Amendment binding on state governments at some level or another.
We’ll come back to that.
If the good guys beat the orcs on Tuesday, it’ll be the capstone on a generally good year for freedom; the Second Amendment Human Rights movement has made many advances.
But nobody ever expected the orcs to roll over and play dead; un-American anti-liberty sentiment is deeply entrenched in some of our nation’s more benighted, nanny-state-prone areas:
[“Brady Campaign for Victim Disarmament” state legislative director Brian] Malte points to states such as California, Illinois and much of the Northeast, where he says gun advocates have largely failed to make inroads. And gun-control advocates have played offense some this session, too. In New York State, for example, the Assembly passed “microstamping” legislation, before the bill stalled in the Senate, although supporters hope to revive it this fall. The bill would require that semiautomatic pistols made or sold in the state stamp cartridges with the make, model and serial number of the gun when it’s fired.
I’m not a gun manufacturer. But if I were, I’d make sure the dies on the inside of my New York-bound chambers all gave the make, model, serial number, and a big clear “F*ck Michael Bloomberg”. By the way, while I’ve heard some moderate gun-controllers throw this out as a “reasonable” possibility, all it’ll do in the short term is make for tidier criminals and a market for cartridge-catcher bags, and in the long run add to the state of New York’s level of criminal expertise in grinding off microstamp dies, to say nothing of making revolvers the preferred weapon of gangland assassins.
In California, the Assembly passed a bill that would ban the practice known as “open carry,” which allows people to carry an unloaded gun in plain sight, even if the person also is carrying ammunition as well.
That should solve the violence problem.
The point is this; Tuesday may bring human-rights advocates a victory – but the legislative battle is going to go on. A victory on Tuesday will clear some of the more insipid legal obstacles – but the orcs are still out there, and need to be killed off (rhetorically and politically), one at a time.