The Supreme Court of the United States has another chance to willfully misinterpret the 18th century prose of the 2nd Amendment this session. The Court will hear McDonald v. Chicago in January, to determine ”Whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is incorporated as against the States by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Privileges or Immunities or Due Process Clauses.” In other words, if the plaintiff prevails, forget your “well regulated Militia” and your state and local gun laws.
Some Americans can’t wait, and are already exercising their God-given gun rights:
Cops: Mass. man shoots neighbor in leaf-dump fight
BOSTON – A man pleaded not guilty to armed assault with intent to murder after police said he shot his neighbor over a leaf-dumping dispute. Christopher Leonard was released Monday on $20,000 bail following his arraignment in Quincy District Court. Police said the 38-year-old shot his neighbor John Rota in the stomach Friday when they got into an argument over the disposal of leaves near their Randolph homes.
–The Enterprise, via News Channel 8 (10/05/09)
Man upset at closed Miami Taco Bell shoots worker
MIAMI — A man upset he was denied service at a closed Miami Taco Bell allegedly waited in the parking lot and shot at employees, hitting one in the leg.
Police say the incident happened about 3:40 Tuesday morning. Investigators are still searching for the suspect, and the victim’s name was not released. She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Employees told him the store was closed, but the man continued to demand food. Workers said he got angry when he was told again they couldn’t serve him. The man then drove to the front of the store, where a manager asked him to leave.
Police say he shot at the manager, hitting another employee. Witnesses reported hearing six shots.
– AP, via the Miami Herald (10/06/09)
CHP: Road rage to blame for Sacramento shootings
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Authorities say a Roseville man accused of four separate freeway shootings in the Sacramento area was motivated by road rage.
The California Highway Patrol on Tuesday announced the arrest of 23-year-old Kyle Douglas Frank in connection with the incidents, which began Aug. 22 and continued over the next few weeks on Interstates 5 and 80.
The CHP says in each case, Frank became enraged and drove around the victims’ cars in an attempt to bait them into a confrontation. He then allegedly pulled a handgun and opened fire.
Eight people, including two children, were endangered. One suffered minor injuries.
– AP via Silicon Valley News (10/01/2009)
We await the Supreme Court’s decision. God Bless America.
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