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Be Careful What You Wish For

Second Amendment advocates were all excited when it was announced that the Supreme Court is taking up a New York case that could extend the right to carry a firearm outside of your home. As soon as I saw this and all of the excitement, I was worried that this might go badly. You shouldn’t rely on SCOTUS to protect anything at this point because they are simply not reliable. Too often the court is ruling based on pragmatism, what will keep the lid on the pot, rather than the law. The sole exception to this is typically Clarence Thomas but he is getting old (turning 73 in June). 

Styxhexenmammer rightly sounds the same caution….
Let’s wait to see what the court actually does. He is right that it is a good sign that they took the case at all but I will reserve judgment until the decision. Of course if they rule properly that the 2A extends beyond your home, it will also be cited as yet another reason to pack the court with new justices. 
The Supreme Court isn’t going to save us. The Constitution isn’t going to save us. I welcome the reprieve, if there is one, but ultimately this will be decided on the field, not in the courts.


  1. jl

    I share your concerns and sadly have no faith in a positive outcome. But as a "blue stater" with no chance of obtaining a concealed carry permit in my (nor any surrounding) county, I can't help but hold a glimmer of hope that for once in my life things might go /our/ way. Wouldn't a pleasant surprise be a nice change of pace? It's been a while…

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