7th Circuit Court Rules Assault Weapons Ban OK Based on Feelings
By Nick Leghorn
In a 2-1 split ruling today, the Federal appeals court for Illinois ruled that the “Assault Weapons Ban” in Highland Park — enacted days before new legislation went into effect banning exactly that kind of law — was constitutional. The majority opinion written by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Frank Easterbrook relies heavily on the idea of “home rule” for the majority of its rationale, but buried in the text is the true reason why this court believes that infringing on the right to keep and bear commonly used firearms is legal: it makes people feel safe.
From the opinion:
[i]f a ban on semi‐automatic guns and large‐capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit.
Those of us with a little logic left in our brains understand that there’s a huge difference between feeling safe and being safe. In fact, I wrote an article about that damn near a year ago. What the court is saying in their ruling is that it is more important to protect the feelings of a vocal minority of people and give them the perception of safety than …read more
Via:: Truth About Guns