Posted by: Jay | March 11, 2008

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming…

Simple Reuters article on the Heller case correct?

For the first time in 70 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will take on the question of whether individual Americans have the right to keep and bear arms or whether it a collective right of the people for service in a state militia.

Not so fast. It doesn’t take long to get to the stupid parts:

Written 219 years ago, the amendment says, “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.”

They had to throw the “219 years ago” factoid in there as if it’s relevant. It’s another version of the, “It was written when all people had were muskets that took minutes to load up for just one shot!” Of course, 219 years ago, there was no Internet, no Muslims extremists killing Americans, but we still respect and uphold the protections for free speech and due process.

The arguments follow a series of mass shootings in the past year — multiple killings on at least three college campuses, two shopping centers and one Missouri town meeting. Gun deaths average 80 a day in the United States, 34 of them homicides, according to Centers for Disease Control data, and yet the gun issue has barely registered in the U.S. presidential campaign.

The “gun issue” hasn’t registered in the campaign because there is no “gun issue.” The gun control sect of the country has lost the debate. Like Uncle says, you don’t see candidates out looking to get the endorsement of the Brady Campaign.

Former top U.S. Justice Department officials including former Attorney General Janet Reno, law professors, linguistic experts and historians all argued the Second Amendment protects the right of people only to keep arms for militia service.

On the other side, the Bush administration, the powerful National Rifle Association, a majority of the U.S. Senate and a majority of the House of Representatives argued an individual has the right to possess arms.

See that? A laundry list of opponents and just the Bush administration, Congress and the (not in a good way mind you) “powerful” NRA. Yet, you can go here and see that the list of those supporting the position of Heller is quite large.

“The gun issue…” Cripes.



  1. […] Jay has more. […]

  2. “but we still respect and uphold the protections for free speech and due process.”

    “Respect and uphold” and “pay lip service to” are two radically different things, Jay.

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