I don't often cite, much less link to, reactionary Republican blogger Clayton Cramer, but you can almost hear the fireworks going off in his Horseshoe Bend-area backyard over the Supremes' new interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. He's earned a right to crow, since the court cited his work in its ruling. And you can just imagine the sort of fireworks someone like Clayton Cramer must have stashed away in his home armory.
I gotta say: None of MY writing has ever come up in a Supreme Court case. Maybe when John Edwards hits the bench, though ...
Cramer is not the only one celebrating. Other reaction in Idaho - a state where gun violence is rare - appears rock solid behind the high court. Democratic candidate for Congress Walt Minnick issued this terse statement within minutes of Thursday's ruling: "It's about damn time. As a gun owner, outdoors enthusiast and sportsman, I applaud the court's protection of our 2nd Amendment rights."
What do I think? I think Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner Trice gets it right, noting that on Thursday ...
... five members of the court edited the 2nd Amendment. In essence, they said: Scratch the preamble, only 14 words count.
In doing so, they have curtailed the power of the legislatures and the city councils to protect their citizens.
And they say Democrats are the ones who want activist judges. But as Minnick's statement shows, Democrats can no longer be painted with broad brushstrokes as the enemies of anyone, anywhere, to own a handgun, or 100.