Linda Greenhouse reports in The New York Times today that the Supreme Court may take a key gun rights case as early as Thursday. The lawsuit challenged the District of Columbia’s strict handgun control law. The D.C. Circuit struck down the law because, the 2-1 majority held, the second amendment confers an "individual" right to keep and bear arms, not a merely "collective" one.
Blawgletter likes guns, likes owning them and shooting them. But the D.C. Circuit majority’s citation of and quotation from Dred Scott struck us as at best numbskullish and possibly worse. We hope the Court does take the case and, regardless of the outcome, issues at least a rap on the majority’s knuckles. See Dred Scott Supports Right to Handgun, Court Holds.