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."