The Amici and the 2004 Election

KMaurer

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Interesting look at the states filing amicus briefs on Heller by Mike O'Shea over at Concurring Opinions:

Of the 31 pro-Heller states, 26 voted for George W. Bush in the 2004 Presidential election, while five (Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington) voted for John Kerry.

Of the 14 "neutral" states, five (Arizona, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Tennessee) voted for Bush, while nine (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin) voted for Kerry.

And all five of the pro-D.C. states (Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York), as well as the District of Columbia itself, voted for Kerry in 2004.
 

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Goods maps of Pro Heller, Pro-DC and Neutral states as well. Pro-Heller sure has it nailed based on land-mass.

Sort this any way you will and the popular sentiment is Pro-Heller. But then again, Constitutional Rights are not a popularity contest. Fortunately, Heller should win based on constitutional law as well.
 
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I am learning a lot of history reading some of these Amicus (amicae, sp?) briefs. Some of them get very bogged down in referencing other legal citations but some have some great background material.

Throughout most of US History, there seems to have been many discussions and arguments on how best train and organize a working militia for the common defense. This arguing on the state versus federal controlled/trained militia has been used to confuse and blur the rights of the individual's ability to "bear arms".

Our founding fathers had seen the misery and oppression brought about by wealthy land owners, corrupt clergy, and royalty on the common man. They had the wisdom to recognize the right of the individual to "bear arms", defend his family, himself and his home and that the supreme power in this country lies with its people, not its government. I can only hope that this Supreme Court will strongly re-affirm this basic principle and send these nanny-state tyrants (Menino, Bloomerg, et al.) scrambling back to the dark holes they crawled from.
 
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