June 26, 2008— The case of District of Columbia v. Heller is decided by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling. The opinion not only endorses the National Rifle Association’s “individual right” interpretation of the Second Amendment; it also affirms that one of the purposes of the right is to “assure the existence of a “citizens’ militia” as a safeguard against tyranny.” The NRA’s amicus brief in the case had argued that “the Second Amendment refers to the utility of an armed population in preventing government tyranny.”
Scary and depressing, but it would be nice if we knew more about the occurrence of insurrectionist violence prior to District of Columbia v. Heller. Otherwise, it's scary, depressing, suggestive, but not terribly enlightening. (It would be good to have more references to this sort of thing, which is linked to in the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence piece.) (HT to Errol Lord).