Monday, October 12, 2015

U.S. SUPREME COURT: New Term, New Issues, New Concerns, New Hopes

The "Marble" Palace 
(The U.S. Supreme Court HQ)

Possible Key Case
(2013 Testimony from Experts)

Always a Case Reference and in Our Hearts
(The 20 innocents killed at Sandy Hook Elem School)

The Kind of Weapons Now in Question
(Again and Again)

The high court calendar can be seen here for the 2015 session which started October 5, 2015.

This case, reported on here from NBC News could be as they say a “biggie” with this headlines:

Assault Weapons Ban Before U.S. Supreme Court

The key points (my emphasis in red):

The Supreme Court could announce as early as October 13, 2015 whether it will hear a challenge to a suburban Chicago law banning firearms commonly known as “assault weapons.” If the court agrees to hear that case, it would cast a shadow over similar bans in seven states.

Declining to take up the case (re: the ban) would boost efforts to impose such bans elsewhere, at a time of renewed interest in gun regulation after recent mass shootings.

Gun rights advocates are challenging a 2013 law passed in Highland Park, IL that bans the sale, purchase, or possession of semi-automatic weapons that can hold more than 10 rounds in a single ammunition clip or magazine (called hi-cap mags).

In passing the law, city officials cited the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

[The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, CT, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults (school staff) members].

The ban also lists certain specific rifles, including those resembling the AR-15 and AK-47 assault-style firearms.

Semi-automatic weapons are capable of shooting a single round with each pull of the trigger and, consequently, can fire rapidly. Large capacity magazines reduce the need and time to reload as often. (Note: Thus, a shooter or shooters can take down lots of people in a few single bursts of fire w/o reloading and thus increasing their kill ratio greatly – the same with hi-cap pistols applies).

A federal district judge upheld the law, and so did a federal appeals court panel by a 2-1 vote.

Central to the dispute is the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling that, for the first time, said the Constitution's Second Amendment provides an individual right to own a handgun for self-defense. 

While it was a watershed ruling for gun rights, the high court also said “dangerous and unusual weapons” can be restricted

Now watch the NRA crank up their routine PR game ... more guns means less crime and such other BS nonsense, to me and most logic thinkers, however: More guns mean more gun deaths as seen below compared to terrorist attacks, and articles posted here and here - FYI:

As usual, thanks for stopping. 

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