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Old December 25, 2011, 03:06 PM   #26
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A comment on the post by blume357 ...

Obama may have some trickery up his sleeve for a second term as far as guns are concerned, he may not ...

but you can be sure that when (not if) an opening occurs on the Supreme Court during that second term, he will fill it with a leftist and Heller will be overturned at some point down the road with a 5-4 or 6-3 vote ... the next few justices need to be appointed by a conservative who will make sure they are pro-2A ... I don't worry about UN treaties, Mexican lawsuits or Brady baloney ... my eyes are on the Supremes ...
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Old December 25, 2011, 03:42 PM   #27
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About companies and business - don't forget a fair number - SW, Colt and Taurus were ready to jump on the smart gun bandwagon beacause they saw a wave of mandated police replacements and that would knock down Glock. Also, there was some marketing research done that indicated there are folks who would buy a smart gun but wouldn't buy a normal gun. Some states would mandate smart guns and if you lived there, you would have to ditch your current one for a smart gun.

Before we go down the liberal vs. conservative fire storm - let's say we need progun rather than antigun folks elected. Don't need to referee that old fight.
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Old December 25, 2011, 10:17 PM   #28
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Even if SCOTUS turns anti-gun, there's no need for them to overturn Heller - even Heller allows for restrictions on gun ownership - it's just about broadening the context in which those restrictions can be applied. In other words, they can honor the language of Heller and gut its meaning and intent.

But let's hope it doesn't come to that. The likely window in which this scenario can occur is closing, hopefully...
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Old December 29, 2011, 03:37 PM   #29
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In free states you can buy without a background check if you buy during a private transaction.

To me it matters little what the NRA did 40/50/100 yrs ago today they are useful for winning important Court cases, & keeping the heat on so folks know what the heck is going on, if that lady in NYC who got arrested for having a gun on her while visiting had checked with the NRA she would have known not to visit - Holder may be forced out due to NRA holding feet to the fire.

this stuff matters.

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Old December 30, 2011, 04:03 PM   #30
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I don't see the balance of SCOTUS changing much anytime soon. All of the five justice majority in Heller and McDonald (Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas) seem to be in good health and have given no indication of intent to retire soon. Ginsburg, on the other hand, will probably be replaced fairly soon as she's not in good health and hasn't been for some time, but she was part of the minority in both Heller and McDonald so replacing her with another anti-gun justice wouldn't change much.
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:56 PM   #31
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Problem is, it seems to me, that with Heller and MacDonald, we didn't get a "clean" ruling, though what we did get could have been much worse. As it is/was, the court said something, then screwed it up with "lawyer's talk".

In the last analysis, I suppose that that is what lawyers tend to do, which is a pity. Supposedly, lower courts are "going off half cocked" concerning the pandora's box of "reasonable restrictions", which the court neglected to define. In the end, looks like welfare for lawyers
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Old December 31, 2011, 10:23 AM   #32
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Alan, I agree that neither Heller nor McDonald were perfect, though I think they were a lot better than they could have been. My comments were more directed towards fears that President Obama would be able to change the balance of SCOTUS and get them overturned, something which I think is a pretty remote possibility.
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