Thursday, June 26, 2008

Individual Right

via Andrew Sullivan

I'm no lawyer, so you probably want to go to one of those people if you want more measured and educated commentary... but it looks like the Supreme Court went with "individual right to have a gun" (as opposed to collective right) by a 5-4 margin.

Over the years I've gone from a pretty firm supporter of gun control to someone who, these days, doesn't think there is much evidence that it really decreases violence. I'm open to being persuaded on this last point, but confirming an individual right to bear arms doesn't really bother me... especially if, as the linked blog post seems to indicate, requiring a license is enough to satisfy that right.

I'll be interested to see what other who actually know what they're talking about think the effect of this will be.