Plenty of Chicago Democrats are steaming mad over a Supreme Court decision that will nullify the city’s longstanding handgun ban.
Those Chicago Dems are in the minority. National Democrats cheered the decision for its political implications. Now that the Supreme Court has said that gun ownership is an individual right, it means that Democrats don’t need to defend themselves in a gun ownership debate this fall, according to Politico.com.
The court took the issue off the table.
Democrats across the country expressed relief, and issued statements that appear to indemnify them against Republican attacks.
“I am pleased that the high court has taken steps in both the Heller and McDonald cases to guarantee this fundamental right,” Senate majority leader Harry Reid said in a statement that sound eerily familiar to one Sarah Palin released earlier in the day.
Even Illinois Democrats – albeit outside of Chicago -- were feeling the decision.
“The decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution is a major victory for Americans,” said Debbie Halvorson, who is running against Republican Adam Kinzinger in the state’s 11th district.
The elation doesn’t apply within city limits where Chicago democrats are working feverishly to draft new ordinances that will limit gun ownership.