The excellent Scotus Blog has a great recap of the testimony on this important 2nd Amendment case. If you haven’t heard, Chicago bans handguns – the single most popular and effective self-defense tool of today – just like Washington DC did before District of Columbia v. Heller. In that case, The Supreme Court ruled that the 2nd Amendment meant what it said – firearm ownership is an individual right just like those in the rest of the Bill of Rights. But DC is a federal city, so their ruling didn’t necessarily carry over to enclaves of oppression like Chicago.
Along came McDonald to challenge local infringements on this important Constitutional civil right. He seeks to have the Court incorporate our civil right to keep and bear arms to states and below, just like those in the rest of the Bill of Rights.
Chicago basically made the Animal Farm argument – some rights are more equal than others and the government will decide which. That’s fascism, not America. Our Founding Fathers knew the difference:
The Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. . . (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” — The Federalist, No. 46 – James Madison