Friday, July 18, 2008

The 14th Will Cover the 2nd

The good news, folks, is that Wisconsin's ban on CCW will certainly end.

Those of you who live in California, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and a few other places where there is no right to keep and bear arms--good news. I'm doing research in support of the lawsuits against Chicago and San Francisco to get the Second Amendment applied to state and local governments through the Fourteenth Amendment's "privileges and immunities" clause. Right now, I'm digging through newspapers and books of the 1830-1870 period--and the volume of stuff that explicitly recognizes that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms is just staggering.

What's even more entertaining is the astonishing diversity of those saying this. Democrats (although they aren't quite prepared to include black people, for obvious reasons--just like today!) Republican National Platforms. Abolitionists are saying it. Apologists for the slave holders are saying it. Black newspapers are saying it. White newspapers are saying it.

The fun is just beginning. Remember that when the Chicago suit gets to the 5th Circuit, that decision will be binding on Wisconsin. It may cost a few more bucks to enforce the decision here, but...

HT: Clay Cramer

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