New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak has thrown
new light on the long-simmering battle over the Second Amendment's true meaning
and import in a fascinating October 21 front-page piece. Liptak, who deftly
took over the Times' Supreme Court coverage from the recently-retired and much
respected Linda Greenhouse, points out that the text is anything but crystal
clear: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free
state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."