How Justice Stevens' retirement might benefit gun rights
At least he said "might."
So if I don't expect the Court to move very far, if at all, toward greater recognition of gun rights, why do I see Steven's departure as helpful? Simply because it's something else to keep the administration and Senate busy for a while. As I wrote last month, the passage of a health care reform law has taken a huge item off the Obama administration's "to-do" list, perhaps moving "gun control" up on that list.
A bitter, hard-fought Supreme Court nomination battle, heading into mid-term elections, puts a big item right up near the top of that list, moving any potential efforts for more "gun control" back down. Any speed-bumps that can be placed in the path of efforts to advance the forcible citizen disarmament agenda are good for the country.
As a comment I suggested that whoever replaces Justice Stevens, assuming he or she has similar opinions about gun control, will certainly be young and vibrant by comparison. This will prove to be a major setback for the so-called gun rights movement perhaps for decades to come.
What I'm waiting for is when one of the conservative members has to be replaced. That will obviously make even a bigger difference.
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