I'll bet a lot of you conservatives out there have thought, "Maybe President Bush has screwed up in a lot of areas, but at least he'll stand up for the 2nd Amendment." Guess again:
Since "unrestricted" private ownership of guns clearly threatens the public safety, the 2nd Amendment can be interpreted to allow a variety of gun restrictions, according to the Bush administration.
The argument was delivered by U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the ongoing arguments over the legality of a District of Columbia ban on handguns in homes, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Clement suggested that gun rights are limited and subject to "reasonable regulation" and said all federal limits on guns should be upheld.
Just how dismissive of gun rights is this? It's so bad that our former mayor, Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign, "salutes the administration for its position." The president has now disavowed both the 2nd Amendment and the 1st (by signing campaign finance "reform" legislation). Good thing he has so little time to work on the other eight -- well, make that six, since the 9th and 10th have been rendered moot.