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The Second Amendment Means Exactly What it Says

Thus says the Supreme Court. Of course, logical people knew that all along. You can read the opinion and commentary at scotusblog if you’re interested. We’ll definitely be reading the entire ruling to get all the subtleties (it takes time to analyze 157 pages of legal mumbo-jumbo with all the case citations). But get a flavor of the ruling from page 1 (of the 157 page ruling):

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

Logical people knew when part of the Bill of Rights reads “the people”, it meant the people. To argue otherwise, was, well, absurd. And it’s time SCOTUS cleared up that misunderstanding. This is a major blow to those desiring to claim the Constitution is a “living document” to be plied and molded to whatever view you want (we’ve talked about the dangers of the living document theory before, so won’t rehash the entire discussion here).

To argue “the right of the people” means a collective right in one amendment, and “the right of the people” means the people elsewhere is bizarre. But if the Constitution is a “living document” you can torture the text to confess to anything.

But the interesting part is waiting for another flip-flop from Obama on this one:

Barack Obama has been spinning like a top, and watching his positions on, well, just about everything is like watching table-tennis matches on TiVo triple fast forward. FISA, public financing, and NAFTA have all been reversed in the last couple of weeks, and Obama’s not through yet. With the Heller decision on deck at the Supreme Court, his earlier comments on gun control have gone under the bus, too:

With the Supreme Court poised to rule on Washington, D.C.’s, gun ban, the Obama campaign is disavowing what it calls an “inartful” statement to the Chicago Tribune last year in which an unnamed aide characterized Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as believing that the DC ban was constitutional.

“That statement was obviously an inartful attempt to explain the Senator’s consistent position,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton tells ABC News.

The statement which Burton describes as an inaccurate representation of the senator’s views was made to the Chicago Tribune on Nov. 20, 2007.

In a story entitled, “Court to Hear Gun Case,” the Chicago Tribune’s James Oliphant and Michael J. Higgins wrote “… the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said that he believes that we can recognize and respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the right of local communities to enact common sense laws to combat violence and save lives. Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional.”

Yeah, and his statements on NAFTA were “overheated” in typical politician fashion, according to Obama himself eight days ago. Now he wants to cast his campaign’s position statement as “inartful” and not accurate — more than seven months after making the statement. Team Obama declared the DC gun ban as “constitutional” on November 20, 2007, during a period of time when he was busy sucking up to the hard Left and their confiscatory inclinations on the Second Amendment.

Suddenly, with the general election looming, Obama discovers that his campaign’s statement was inartful. This seems rather puzzling, because before he ran for public office, Barack Obama was supposed to be a Constitutional law expert. One might expect the “inartful” excuse on wetlands reclamation or some other esoteric matter of public policy, but the Constitution is what he supposedly studied at Columbia and Harvard. One has to wonder whether Obama has any competence even in his own chosen field to have seven months go by before realizing that he got the Constitutional question wrong.

Obama makes John Kerry look the the rock of Gibraltar. He was for public financing before he was against it (“that’s not the public financing system I knew”), disavowing friends, FISA flips, NAFTA flops — he flip-flops on anything and everything. But that’s change (he’s going to need a bigger bus).

The wheels on the bus go round and round….

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3 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Exactly.

    Anyone who can spell and read ought to be able to grasp plain English.

    The alternative was armed rebellion in the streets.

    Hank

  2. Colin says:

    There is, unfortunately, a seed of foreboding in this decision. That is, four justices made a strong argument that the second amendment only gives the government the right to bear arms. That is a scary thought – if nearly half of the supreme court cannot interpret something as clear as the second amendment, what does this say for the future of the country on even more important issues?

  3. Well, this Court gaves us “emanations from the penumbra”, creating out of thin air a right to privacy and the right to an abortion.

    Obviously, people see what they want to see.

    So, point taken. What phantom creation might be in the wings?

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