January 10, 2008

• Darwin Award 12

Posted in Darwin Awards at 6:02 pm by Rid

Here we go with the 12th Darwin Award and the usual suspects are leading the charge. Chaka Fattah Debra Anderson, and the ever reliable John Conyers is filing an amicus brief (that would be a friend of the court brief) in support of total gun abolition and our Second Amendment rights. I guess they didn’t get the bulletin: Gun Abolition has not worked in D.C. in 31 years.   Call them and let them know how you feel.   Concealed.
Members of Congress File Brief in Handgun Case Before Supreme Court

© Business Wire 2008
2008-01-10 17:27:00 –

– Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah Debra Anderson, 202-225-5402 or 202-225-5236 The Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments on the meaning of the Second Amendment’s right to “keep and bear arms” in a case testing the constitutionality of the District of Columbia’s longstanding prohibition on handgun ownership. The Court’s decision will have historic implications and national repercussions.

Two senior Members of Congress, Representatives Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will be joined by more than a dozen of their colleagues in filing an amicus brief in District of Columbia v. Heller.

The brief asks the Supreme Court to overturn a decision by United States Court of Appeals which struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns based on its belief that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. The brief asserts the U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision is an unwarranted departure from prior Supreme Court decisions. Additionally, the brief provides an important Congressional perspective about the Second Amendment and appropriate resolution of this case, including discussions of Congress’ powers and responsibilities over the militia under Article I of the Constitution, and Congress’ activities in the area of firearms regulation.

Congressman Fattah said, “Last year, 8,000 Americans were killed by handguns. Across America, but particularly in major metropolitan areas, handgun violence is impacting thousands of families. Children are losing their parents, and parents are losing their children. The sting of handgun violence is far reaching; families and communities will feel its effect for generations to come. The Supreme Court must uphold the District of Columbia’s right to make policy decisions that will ensure the safety of all its citizens.”

Attorney Scott Gant, of the law firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP, a litigation powerhouse, is filing the brief on behalf of Congressman Fattah. Gant says, “It’s been nearly 70 years since the Court last directly addressed the substantive nature of any rights conferred by the Second Amendment. During that time, Congress has enacted numerous laws which required consideration of whether and how the Second Amendment constrains its authority. Congress also has specific powers and responsibilities over the militia under Article I of the Constitution. Members of Congress clearly bring an important perspective to this case, and we’re hopeful the Court will find the brief helpful in resolving it.”

Oral arguments are expected in March, with a ruling by the end of June. -0- Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) — http://www.house.gov/fattah 2301 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 — 4104 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Phone: (202) 225-4001 — (215) 387-6404

Pennsylvania lawmaker is joined by colleagues in amicus brief
filing regarding handgun court case

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