The Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Today's Decision "Will Almost Certainly Cause More Americans To Be Killed"?
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June 26 2008 11:32 AM

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Dear Jack and Walter and Cliff:

I am reading the decision in Heller as fast as I can and will post my thoughts as soon as possible. The headline is that the court decided 5-4 (no mushy plurality here) that the D.C. handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement violate the individual right to bear arms as protected under the Second Amendment. But I must first pass along this rather brilliant observation from professor Stephen Wermiel from American University, who wonders why none of the dissenters cautioned the majority that today's decision "will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed." (Boumediene, Scalia, J. dissenting.)

Looking forward to your thoughts.

Best,
Dahlia

Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate. Follow her on Twitter.