Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Second Amendment

I find it ridiculous that the Second Amendment is under attack still following the remarkable majority decision (penned by Justice Scalia) in Heller v. D.C. upholding our individual rights to own and use ordinary weapons. (If you have the time and wit to do so, I recommend reading at least the first half of Scalia's opinion. I have not had so much fun reading the gradual but inexorable takedown of stupidity in all my life. It's like watching Julia Sugarbaker take someone down with superior intelligence, but longer and better.)

This article in Reason Magazine is an interview with the attorney who won the Heller v. D.C. case and highlights the ongoing stupdity in D.C. and other jurisdictions. That we have to fight these cases in all their absurdity is a result of poor choices by the electorate and successful power-hungry politicians who install similarly power-hungry judges.

This is the long range effect of elections--the shifting of the judiciary between originalist interpretation and "living document" interpretation of the Constitution. Something we take for granted, like the Bill of Rights, is in jeopardy every time a constitutional case comes before a divided court.

Remember that next time you vote (or think not to).

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