In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tells progressives to “embrace” the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller. The 2008 ruling struck down the District’s ban on handguns:
The case, decided by the court’s conservative bloc, was originally viewed as a setback for advocates of gun safety. But embracing the ruling could actually create a new paradigm for gun control.
The gun debate of the past two decades has devolved into a permanent tug-of-war between the National Rifle Association (NRA) and advocates of gun safety. One side has viewed the Second Amendment as absolute; the other has tried to pretend that it doesn’t exist. The result is a failure to find any consensus, even as one mass shooting after another underscores the need for sensible reform. …
The guns issue will remain thorny, but Heller points the way toward a possible compromise, under a new paradigm. All of us — especially progressives — should embrace it.
Though Schumer’s piece bucks the left wing of his party, he also says that the Second Amendment “comes with limits.”