No one in the liberal media has suggested we repeal the Heller decision.O Rly?
- Joan Peterson, Brady Campaign Board Member
From the NY Times the day after the Heller decision:
The gun lobby will now trumpet this ruling as an end to virtually all gun restrictions, anywhere, at all times. That must not happen. And today’s decision still provides strong basis for saying it should not.
If the ruling is held to apply to the states, and not just to the District of Columbia — which is not certain — there will still be considerable dispute about what it means for other less-sweeping gun laws. Judges may end up deciding these on a law-by-law basis.
Supporters of gun control must fight in court to ensure that registration requirements and background-check rules, and laws against bulk sales of handguns — a major source of guns used in crimes — are all upheld.
The court left room for gun-control advocates to fight back. It made clear that there were gun restrictions that it was not calling into question, including bans on gun possession by felons and the mentally ill, or in “sensitive places” like schools and government buildings.
That last part is the final indignity of the decision: when the justices go to work at the Supreme Court, guns will still be banned. When most Americans show up at their own jobs, they will not have that protection.
This audaciously harmful decision, which hands the far right a victory it has sought for decades, is a powerful reminder of why voters need to have the Supreme Court firmly in mind when they vote for the president this fall.
Ok, so the NYT states (1) anti-gun advocates can "fight back" with gun restrictions and (2) voters must vote in a president who opposes the 2A so that Heller can be limited or overturned.
I see only a few options: (A) Joan Peterson is an idiot who lives in her own fantasy "reality," (B) Joan Peterson is a cynical liar, (C) the NYT is not part of the "liberal media" as defined by Joan Peterson, or (D) my reading comprehension skills are poor and the NYT thought Heller was properly decided and should not be ignored or overturned.