November 21, 2007
LYLE DENNISTON suggests that it might become a political issue if the Justice Department enters the D.C. gun ban case in a way that strongly supports an individual right to arms. But I'm not sure why, other than the obvious media posturing that is likely to result. Denniston notes that the Justice Department changed its position on the Second Amendment during the Bush Administration, to support an individual right view. But in making this change the Administration was actually adopting the view repeatedly expressed by the Congress in recent decades, and so I don't see why that move should be especially controversial.