Today, in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, Illinois, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitution not only applies to the Federal Government, but also to the States and local governments.
The effect of this court ruling is undeniably far-reaching. For one, it strikes down Chicago's unconstitutional handgun ban. But it also establishes a legal precedent that invalidates pretty much any State or municipal gun ban across the country. The result is simple: the Supreme Court now officially interprets that every sane, law-abiding US citizen has a right to own a firearm, as no State has the authority to abridge the rights of US citizens. Skeptics can be reassured that the mentally ill and felons are still unable to legally acquire and own firearms. Moreover, laws that establish qualification requirements for the acquisition of firearms and restrict carrying into sensitive places (such as government buildings and schools) are still in effect. So do not expect the United States to revert to the days of the wild west, as reasonable regulations are still valid.
Read the US Supreme Court opinion (warning, it's 214 pages long):
The second victory was in the case of Hastings Christian Fellowship v. Martinez (warning: this is 85 pages long) in which the Supreme Court ruled that schools had every right to deny recognition and funding to student groups that discriminate in their memberships. The case was brought about when the Christian Legal Society at Hastings College of Law sued the school after being denied funding, on grounds that as a religious group, they had the right to exclude non-Christians from membership, and that the school should go ahead and fund their discriminatory little group anyway. Well today the Supreme Court disagreed. Not that any right-minded atheist would ever want to join such a group anyway, but the decision flies right into their faces.
I am most certainly a visionary. The Supreme Court agrees with me!
Perhaps I should go to Law School with hopes of one day becoming a Supreme Court Justice, because apparently, that is where I belong.
In the meanwhile, the United States marches slowly but surely towards gun-toting atheism, and it's a beautiful thing.