Talk:D.C. v. Heller
State of the Page
Everyone - This page seems greatly out of date, myopically focused, and hit-or-miss in its coverage. It seems like several people copied single aspects (like the list of amicus briefs) in and ignored the general presentation. This is not what we want for a case that's a focus of conservative thought. It's conceivable that honest enquirers will come here to see the conservative perspective on Heller; we want to leave them thinking that we conservatives can present things at least as well as liberals!
So, let's get to work. I don't think I'll have much time this week, and even less next, but I'll try to do my best. Just off the top of my head, I can think of several points to add:
- Background: The gun control movement. Conservative strategies to overturn gun ban. Why DC? (Ans: federal enclave).
- Press coverage. Was there liberal bias? Did they ignore it?
- Ruling. Scalia was eloquent; let's show it. I especially like the closing lines:
We are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country... But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table... Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.
- Effects. The DC City Council's attempt to minimize the ruling. The ongoing incorporation lawsuits. Heller got turned away from a permit nonetheless. But the right begins to find acceptance.
There're doubtlessly more (please add them!) but these can be a start. Fellow conservatives, fellow friends of Heller, let's get to work! --EvanW 00:39, 17 November 2009 (EST)