This weekend, officials from the Bush administration filed an amicus brief regarding the District of Columbia v. Heller case appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. As I understand it, the administration looked at the standard of review used by the court and actually sided with the District, stating that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to apply a strict scruitiny standard in weighing the constitutionality of the D.C. Gun Ban, which renders illegal ALL handguns within the district, as well as long guns that aren’t locked up or otherwise rendered inoperable.
In its conclusion, the Dept. of Justice writes: “The Court should affirm that the Second Amendment, no less than other provisions of the Bill of Rights, secures an individual right, and should clarify that the right is subject to the more flexible standard of review described above. If the Court takes those foundational steps, the better course would be to remand.”
While not a complete slap in the face of Second Amendment advocates, as the D.O.J. appears to be asking that the Court hold that the Second Amendment does indeed secure an individual right, the amicus brief still puts forth the notion that an absolute ban on handguns may not violate the U.S. Constitution if such a ban is justified.
You know, I voted for former VP Al Gore in 2000. I was a registered Democrat. It wasn’t until the summer of 2001–right before the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. that September–that I began to read about media bias and open my eyes to the merits and the common sense of conservatism. In 2004, I was 100 percent in the GOP camp. I understood the Reagan Coalition principles of strong national defense, of responsible government spending, of low taxes and the importance of family values and moral virtue.
Since then, however, it seems that every other day this administration is going against those core principles. Whether it’s record spending, the inability to close the border and enforce immigration laws, signing away our sovereignty through the Law of the Sea Treaty, or just waving around a sword and carousing with the Saudis, I wonder how we’ve gotten so far off course that the very man who ran, twice, as a compassionate conservative has proven to be anything but.
And now, there’s this matter with the D.C. Gun Ban.
I hope beyond hope that President Bush, who I have no doubt will emerge in hindsight as a good president due to his relentless pursuit of victory in the Global War on Terror, will have a sea change and a return to his conservative roots.
If you read this, please take a moment and call, fax, or e-mail the White House and politely express your dismay regarding the nature of the D.O.J.’s brief. Here’s the relevant contact information:
(202) 456-1111 telephone
(202) 395-1232 fax
Incidentally, Fred Thompson gets it. As always.