In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Second Amendment's right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said the Second Amendment should limit not only federal power but also the power of state and local governments. But Justice John Paul Stevens, in his dissent, said that the court should have proceeded more cautiously, and Justice Stephen Breyer (who also dissented) cited figures of 60,000 injuries and deaths caused by firearms each year. Thomas Jefferson Street blogger Bonnie Erbe calls it a "sad day in America."
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