In the late 20th century, however, a new Supreme Court took a radical turn. Starting in 1995, a 5-4 majority suddenly threw out all or parts of three modest federal laws in five years: the Gun-Free School Zones Act in 1995; the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1997 (that law was passed after President Reagan was shot and his press secretary, James Brady, disabled for life); and Violence Against Women Act in 2000.
The Supreme Court’s new tack energized gun zealots and the gun lobby. In this new landscape, gun extremism became a rallying cry, indeed, a crusade. If gun restraint had been difficult before, it became almost impossible by the early 2000s. …
Make no mistake; the Supreme Court’s 30-year string of ruling for guns, plus its invention of false doctrine — the “prologue” theory — has endangered “the security of a free State” — just the opposite of the Second Amendment’s command. The Supreme Court has helped normalize the use, and misuse, of guns, bringing high-powered weapons from movie screens to our streets and schools and every public and private place where security, not danger, should abide.
But if Supreme Court justices think Second Amendment rights are so broad, why do they have a metal detector to keep guns out of the Supreme Court building?
— Orville Vernon Burton and Armand Derfner in Who Else Is to Blame for These Mass Shootings? Don’t Let the Supreme Court off the Hook