>Supreme Court ruling on gun ownership and Sen. Obama’s move to the center

>What do you make of this ruling? I can’t say that I’m surprised by the ruling. This is a conservative, activist (yes, I said it) court that jumps on every chance it gets to force its interpretation of the law down the throats of average Americans.

From the Times:

The landmark ruling overturned the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns, the strictest gun-control law in the country, and appeared certain to usher in a fresh round of litigation over gun rights throughout the country. The court rejected the view that the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear arms” applied to gun ownership only in connection with service in the “well regulated militia” to which the amendment refers.

Anyway, the ruling, according to a news analysis from the Times, will usher in a wave of litigation by cities. Click here for the analysis.

Also, what’s more interesting is Sen. Barack Obama’s embrace of the decision. According to this article, Sen. Obama, backtracking on his previous support of the D.C. ban, issued a statement of support of the decision:

“I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms, but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through common-sense, effective safety measures,” Mr. Obama said. “The Supreme Court has now endorsed that view.”

He added, “Today’s decision reinforces that if we act responsibly, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.”

The article points to this and other instances in which Sen. Obama has clearly moved towards the center of the political spectrum, largely (in my opinion) to appeal to a diverse electorate, including “electronic surveillance, campaign finance and the death penalty for child rapists, suggesting a presidential candidate in hot pursuit of what Bill Clinton once lovingly described as ‘the vital center’.”

I can’t blame Sen. Obama for his shift, though. If he wants to win in November, it’s necessary for him not to appear as the gun-fearing, tree-hugging, soft-on-terrorists leftists from Chicago. I just wonder if his supporters will understand the need for Sen. Obama to express centrist sentiments on these “vital” issues.