Manuel, great points. Maybe the libertarian centralists who naively trust the federal leviathan to define and protect our rights will be given pause by how the Newark Mayor explicitly relies on Heller to authorize his double-crime: the use of stolen taxpayer funds (crime 1) to bribe citizens into aiding and abetting the state in taking guns from other citizens (crime 2). The Mayor’s words are highlighted below:
In District of Columbia v. Heller, the United States Supreme Court affirmed an individual’s right to bear arms, effectively striking down the ban on hand gun ownership enacted by the District of Columbia. In its decision, the Court clearly recognized and affirmed a government’s right to take reasonable measures to limit gun ownership in order to ensure community safety. It is within this space that we must now act.