Speaking strictly for myself, I thought the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller followed by the 2009 ruling in McDonald v. Chicago were abundantly clear. Apparently, my assumption was wrong, and it looks like the lower courts are having problems with the “ambiguity” of the Court’s decision and some of the lower courts have gone as far as to accuse the Supreme Court of activism.
I lack the benefit of a legal education so I don’t do a very good job of dissecting a sentence to advance my view of things, I simply look at it in context; however, if anyone can be accused of activism it’s the lower courts and there are over 400 cases referring to the Heller and McDonald cases as “limiting” and “narrow.”
Keeping and eye on this issue is time well spent and I would certainly take every opportunity at the local level to make a difference. In the meantime, there are several 2nd Amendment cases in the pipe that will give the U.S. Supreme Court an opportunity to expand on its earlier decisions.
Maybe the next Supreme Court decision will be less scholarly. May I suggest…