It’s My Constitutional Right?

18 Jan

“Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. …. the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.”

Who was the lefty who wrote this?

Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for the majority in the DC v. Heller case, the strongest affirmation ever of the Second Amendment. The most conservative Justice appointed to the court in at least 70 years affirms the congress’s ability under the Constitution to ban arms it considers ‘dangerous’ or ‘unusual’, regulate ammunition, keep guns away from schools, airports and the like.

I heard two am radio personalities last night on being interviewed by Piers Morgan say the Second Amendment gave them the right to own a tank if they want. “The Constitution doesn’t exclude it, so it’s my right. There are no bullet points in the Constituion.” opined one of the women.

Clearly, these are people who don’t understand the Constitution, the law, or the rule thereby. We don’t get to decide our rights under the Constitution, the Supreme Court does, as it examines the laws passed by Congress to determine if they pass muster…in the eyes of the Court.

We’re entitled to our opinions, but do not be confused like these two ladies last night, that’s all we have. Our rights are determined by the Court, and we live under the law.

That is the meaning of “a nation of laws, not of men”. You have the right to disagree with Justice Scalia, but realize that if you do so, if you think God gave you a right to own any firearm you choose, you are not only mistaken, but you are way, way out on the fringes of society.

Talk all you want, take action on extremism, and you will suffer the consequences.


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