Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Balko on Heller

Radley Balko points out the same thing I’ve been pointing out to people: the Supreme Court’s ruling in Heller is not a huge victory for those who are really hardcore advocates of gun rights. The NRA is trying to spin it as a total victory (ironically, since they tried to undermine the suit in the first place), but it’s not. The ruling quite explicitly leaves in place nearly all the usual restrictions on gun ownership in place around the country. I’m going to do an article for the Messenger about how the ruling affects gun control laws in Michigan. Short answer: it doesn’t. And it won’t affect 98% of the gun control laws in the US. The ruling was really very moderate, not a big blow to gun control advocates or a big victory for gun rights advocates.