The Court ruled that the First Amendment right to assembly was not intended to limit the powers of the State governments in respect to their own citizens. In addition, the Justices ruled that the Second Amendment only restricts the power of the national government, and that it does not grant private citizens a constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Well, the bold above is certainly true. The 2nd Amendment is a prohibition against Federal and State governments. No more, no less.
(And this is a constitutional Supreme Court opinion/decision?)
In the 1940s and 1960s the Supreme Court gradually issued a series of decisions incorporating several of the specific rights from the Bill of Rights, so as to be binding upon the States.
A dissenting thought championed by Justice Hugo Black supported that incorporation of specific rights, but also urged incorporation of all specific rights instead of just some of them. Was Justice Black’s reasoning via the 9th Amendment, or Article 6, or possibly both?
Amendment 9 - Construction of Constitution.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Either way, Justice Black certainly had that right.
Regardless of the diabolical Supreme Court decisions, from Cruikshank to McDonald, all of the amendments, were and still are incorporated to the States via Article 6, with the exception of the 11th Amendment which is clearly aimed at the Federal level.
Amendment 11 - Judicial Limits.
The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
It’s all rather simple really. The Supreme Court from it’s inception has been shredding the Constitution.