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June 28, 2010

SCOTUS Just Barely Affirms Right to Bear Arms

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at June 28, 2010 8:21 AM

Today's ruling means that the four liberal justices of the Supreme Court don't believe the 2nd Amendment really means it when it says "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

You have to shake your head and marvel. Liberal judges can make up "penumbras" and "emanation" when they want to find a "right" --- like privacy or abortion --- that is nowhere to be found in the language of the Constitution. And then they can turn around and just ignore or invalidate language in the Constitution that could not be more plain.

Update: It is especially poignant that on the same day a Senator who once belonged to the Klan departs this mortal coil, the SCOTUS delivers a ruling on the Right to Bear Arms that cites the right of freed slaves (freedmen) to bear arms as part of the historical background of the Second Amendment.

"Every man . . . should have the right to bear armsfor the defense of himself and family and his home-stead. And if the cabin door of the freedman is broken open and the intruder enters for purposes as vile as were known to slavery, then should a well-loaded musket be in the hand of the occupant to send the pol-luted wretch to another world, where his wretched-ness will forever remain complete."

Stephen Breyer, "Wise Latina" Sotomayor, Ruth Bader "Never hired an African-American when she practiced law" Ginsburg, and John Paul Stevens would have voted to deny the right of Freed Slaves to protect themselves.

The dissenters are couching their dissent in the language of states' rights, and professing that states and localities should be able to make up their own laws about gun control. It will be interesting to see how they vote about states' rights when ObamaCare's Individual Mandates and Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law make it to the Supreme Court.