A Thoroughly Responsible Ruling
The US Supreme Court has decided that individuals can own guns, and that that right is protected by the Constituion.
That is, the people who were selected by a man who is personally out to shred what he once called "just a goddamned piece of paper" and their ideological (but presumably non-activist) brethren voted five to four that that piece of paper says that individuals can keep killing firepower in their homes.
It's the first time that this has been spelled out. The interpretation of some is that this is a victory for responsible gun owners. Doubtless all the criminals are trembling in their boots. Al-Qaeda is expected to cease all operations within days because all those guns will make the US so alien, unfamiliar, and different from Iraq that they'll be totally cowed and unable to operate.
In an unrelated incident, a responsible Spokane gun owner shot himself in the face.
In a totally unrelated incident, a 10-year-old was accidentally shot by the child of a responsible gun owner. NRA members can donate toward the boy's hospital care at the Hastings First Federal Bank.
In a completely and utterly isolated incident, not linked in any way, a 14 year old kid who had somehow acquired guns from responsible owners shot a 13-year-old friend in the arm.
In an unrelated incident, suspects in the accidental shooting of an irresponsible jackass are sought after a formerly-responsibly-owned weapon was accidentally discharged into his gut.
A teenager, in a totally disconnected incident, discharged a responsibly owned handgun into his brother's face, killing him.
In yet another totally not-affiliated incident (boy, don't those unrelated incidents pile up, eh?) a responsible gun owner was charged after his four-year-old son shot his two-year-old brother.
In Oregon, guess what happened?
And in Kentucky, a responsible gun owner committed an unrelated act of violence by shooting a co-worker at a car dealership..
Oh, and I almost forgot, also in Kentucky, a responsible gun owner argued with his boss, went out to his car to get his responsible gun, and responsibly shot and killed five of his co-workers before responsibly turning the gun on himself.
Unrelated light reading here.
To quote some NRA asshat I saw somewhere on the web: "I'm so glad the Supreme Court didn't cave to all those liberal namby-pambies. About time they showed common sense."
Yeah. It'd be about time.
Given the number of guns used in Canadian crimes that make their way up from our southerly neighbour, I'd suggest closing the borders. Things are about to get nastier.