Writing in the New York Daily News, Akhil Reed Amar, who teaches constitutional law at Yale, argues that “gun lovers should invoke a landmark gay-rights case where the court’s liberals won out,” namely Lawrence vs. Texas. Writing at the Reason magazine blog, Damon W. Root comments on Amar’s column and points to the relevance of a Cato Institute amicus brief filed in Lawrence that states: “America’s founding generation established our government to protect rather than invade fundamental liberties, including personal security, the sanctity of the home, and interpersonal relations.”
Root adds that Lawrence and the Supreme Court’s ruling supporting gun ownership in District of Columbia v. Heller “each represent a major victory for the libertarian approach, with individual liberty triumphing over intrusive government in both cases.”
More. “Instapundit” Glenn Reynolds blogs: “Over the years I’ve often said that in my ideal world, happily married gay couples would have closets full of assault weapons.” The first part hasn’t gone over so well with social conservatives.
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