Justices Appear Skeptical Of D.C.'s Handgun Ban
Roberts quickly signaled his disagreement. "If it is limited to state militias, why would they say 'the right of the people'?" he asked.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, often the deciding vote on the divided court, was next. "In my view," he said, "there's a general right to bear arms quite without reference to the militia either way."
Kennedy expressed, at least three times during the argument, his disbelief that the Framers had not been also concerned about the ability of "the remote settler to defend himself and his family against hostile Indian tribes and outlaws, wolves and bears and grizzlies and things like that."
Love how Kennedy equates Indians with vicious criminals and wild animals. Can you say "racist," judge?
For more on the subject, see Savage Indians.
I covered the 2nd Amendment in depth in A Well Regulated Militia.... Why? Because our fascination with guns is part of our myopic American perspective. We see enemies hiding behind every tree: first Indians, then Communists, and now terrorists.
Bottom line is that it doesn't matter if the Supreme Court rules that the 2nd Amendment confers an individual right to bear arms. As long as it doesn't eviscerate the supporting clause about a well-regulated militia. Because regulating guns is and should be legal even if people can own them.