Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sotomayor, Nunchucks and the 2nd Ammendment

While it is a bit humorous listening to the the Supreme Court nominee explain to Orin Hatch how nunchucks (or numchuck sticks in "wise Latina" terms) work, more telling is her opinion that the 2nd Ammendment does not apply to the states.

It is especially perplexing to me that the 1st Ammendment specifically states "Congress shall make now law respecting an establishment of religion, or [...] abridging the freedom of speech, [...]the press; or [... peacable assmbly...]" while the 2nd Ammendment states that the "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. " (emphasis mine)

The bill of rights doesn't prohibit a specific entity from restricting our right to keep & bear arms - it precludes ANY infringment. If either of those ammendments could textually be construed as not applying to states, it would be the first. And yet, the same folks who claim states and municipalities are well within the constitution when they restrict the arming of their citizens would clamor with righteous indignation at town displays of manger scenes, or heaven forbid, a teenager is forbidden from wearing an obscene t-shirt to school.

Note to Barbara Boxer: Senator Hatch's nameplate reads "Mr. Hatch"

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