Gun Rights and the U.S. Supreme CourtIn a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement for the Bush administration, it said that the Appeals Court ruling earlier this year declaring the gun ban in Washington, D.C. unconstitutional, was in violation of the Second Amendment. Say what?

According to this brief and explanation, the Bush administration is saying that while the Second Amendment guarantees a person the right to own a gun, the ruling by the Appeals Court might take the power away from the government to control those guns.


I find this very disturbing news. I guess this is proof that the Bush administration does not believe in the Second Amendment and more particularly, they are afraid of losing their power to control the people by limiting their rights – the very reason the Second Amendment was written.

The Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to return the case to the lower court seeking a different ruling that doesn’t declare flatly that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, only those that government wants you to have. And as usual, the Bush administration, like many others that have come before them, are stating that the states and federal government should be able to “reasonably control guns”.

Some think this move is a tactic to prolong the debate in order that the Supreme Court will not make a ruling prior to the November presidential election.

I have to ask, how and why the Bush administration would think such a move would be advantageous to itself or to the republican candidate seeking George Bush’s office…….unless they know something about the Supreme Court’s position on the Second Amendment that the rest of us don’t.

Tom Remington

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