Dang you, macwise!
When I saw the thread title, I thought "Wow! SCOTUS has made their ruling!". I was all geared up to read the opinion.
I'll go back to waiting anxiously...
Sorry, if I'd have known the title led one to think the ruling was made, I would have worded it differently. Or maybe I wouldn't.
You can also listen to the arguments at
Listening may allow you to catch more of the intended meaning. You can more easlily pick up on the mood of the quesitons and comments and the intonations of the justices.
Thanks, I think I will listen to this as well. I was wondering if this was around, but in the course of reading it I got too involved and just kept at it. I'm glad I read it, and now when I listen, I think I'll get more out of it. I could tell there were some parts that would be interesting to hear the tone in the room.
Strict scrutiny requires that for a law that infringes a constitutional right be constitutional it has to:
1. Serve a compelling government interest. There's gotta be a really important reason, and the law has to actually achieve it.
2. Be narrowly tailored. The law has to achieve the goal without avoidable side effects.
3. Be minimally restrictive. There cannot be a less restrictive way to achieve the goal.
Thanks for clarifying. This is something I wasn't exactly sure on. I couldn't tell if strict scrutiny meant that it would loosen laws, or restrict them.
Now that I more fully understand, I imagine the face of the US could change quite drastically if strict scrutiny were applied. Let me count just a few ways:
-BATFE will now be referred to simply as "BATE", a naming convention more applicable to it's legacy, not so much current and future practices.
-Blue and Yellow ATF jackets will now read "ATE", while agents will have the choice to declare themselves in ways such as "eight, eight, eight", or "A-T-E, put your tobacco down NOW!" upon entering hostile premises.
-The FFL order will be rescinded, leaving a wake of gun shops eager to modify their licenses to read "fFU', an acronymic double entendre meaning both "freedom of Firearms - Unrestricted", and the sentiment of gun owners giving one big "Federal..." well, you get the point
-The passing of the "Gun Control" era will lead to the "Dumb Control" era, where, while criminals will continue to prey on the weak and easy targets, the targets themselves will change - to other criminals (and liberals)
-We will be known around the world as the "One Eyed Nation", as city ordinances restricting discharge of BB guns within city limits will be done away with allowing kids to once again shoot out their friends' eyes en masse
-Poaching will become a national sport - FINALLY!
-The position of President of the United States will be done away with, as Presidential assassinations will happen even before an official nomination takes place, reducing our nation to a "superpower of two equal branches of government"
-Spurs and felt hats will once again become the prevailing fashion items in youth culture. We will see a surge in iPod six-shooters (previously considered AOW) taking center stage as the pop culture icon of the aught's and the deca's
-Gang-related shootings will be eclipsed by elementary school-age OK Corral-esque shootouts over lunch money disputes and bike rack conflicts.
-While violent crime will drastically be reduced, gun violence will go way way up. We will see at least a 99.5% murder rate in the US alone, with outlying countries and provinces experiencing at minimum a 7% increase of oxygen availability.
-The Swiss will become the new inhabitants of the land masses formerly known as the United States of America by non-hostile takeover, and will inherit all of our arms in civility, making the place of the worlds old superpower the worlds new superpower. While many Americans will be sad to be dead, most will look down and smile upon the "New America", forged by their blood.
That is my prediction of how it will play out.