Yes, Virginia, they really DO want to take our guns away

Only the government can be trusted with guns and speech, our acquaintances say

Almost as shocking as the call, in his New York Times op-ed, to eliminate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was the revelation that John Paul Stevens still draws breath. When the man left the Supreme Court eight years ago he was already the second-oldest serving justice in history. He is today 97 years of age. Good for him.

Cuban troll

No Second Amendment in Cuba! Parkland H.S. gun ban advocate wears Cuban flag shoulder patch

We will not venture an opinion as to diminished capacity but it does not appear that the additional years have made the old Justice any wiser.

This is the justice who dissented in Bush v. Gore, despite every recounted chad showing Bush winning Florida. The same guy in Citizens United v. FEC. who sided with the minority that citizens freely associated in corporate governance have no voice in the electoral process. In D.C. v. Heller, Justice Stevens wrote that citizens may not defend themselves with guns in their own homes, a minority viewpoint. The Wall Street Journal is right, the Old Justice now will become the face of the NRA more so than Dana Loesch.

Critics often accuse the National Rifle Association of paranoia for arguing that gun controllers want to eliminate the Second Amendment. Well, being paranoid doesn’t mean the NRA is wrong.

Ann of Althouse teaches law

The Policy Werkes finds retired University of Wisconsin Law School prof Ann of Althouse more libertarian than conservative. Ann blogs:

Stevens could have written … that District of Columbia v. Heller is bad and should be overruled. Then he wouldn’t be directly threatening our constitutional rights, just informing us that we’re mistaken about the existence of one of them.

Instead, Stevens condemned the majority decision in Heller for “providing the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power.” You can hear Ann smacking her forehead: 

Rights as propaganda! Look around. How often do we use “rights” as propaganda? … The idea that you’d excise a right from the Constitution to “weaken” a lobbying group that “stymie[s] legislative debate” is repellant. Notice the motive of restricting speech. A group speaks too powerfully; we need to change the Constitution.

cuba-havana

The Cuban police state still honors terrorist Ché Guevara

‘Simple’? How about simple minded?

When he wore the robes, Stevens consistently ruled in favor of government control of political speech. Now he posits that repealing the Second Amendment “would be simple.” Ann is dumbfounded:

That’s just a weird thing to say. It’s not simple at all to amend the Constitution. Not only do you need 2/3 supermajority in both Houses of Congress, you are defeated if one house in the legislature of 13 states says no. This is why I was so damned sure in 2004 that George Bush’s anti-gay-marriage amendment would never become part of the Constitution.

It would not be simple to get rid of the Second Amendment through the amendment process. It would be virtually impossible.

Ann could have added that never has a single one of the 10 Bill of Rights ever been amended, much less stricken entirely. In fact, only one Amendment has been undone, the 18th ushering in Prohibition. Not that our liberal-progressive-socialist friends aren’t trying to geld the First Amendment. “Move to Amend” has placed two non-binding referenda on the April 3 ballot, one in Sun Prairie, the other in McFarland. 

Ann has our bottom line: “I like kids as much as the next guy, but I’m not on the follow-the-kids bandwagon, especially when it comes to the value of respecting the American tradition of constitutional rights.”

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3 Responses to Yes, Virginia, they really DO want to take our guns away

  1. wadwizard says:

    The democrats’ 2018 campaign slogan”” Repeal the Bill of Rights!”

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  2. old baldy says:

    Wow, did you read the Bush v Gore article you cited? It seems to disagree with you re: “despite every recounted chad showing Bush winning Florida”.

    Here is a pretty good point to consider on that decision, “Counting every legally cast vote cannot constitute irreparable harm… Preventing the recount from being completed will inevitably cast a cloud on the legitimacy of the election”.

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  3. kginoregon says:

    Does anyone really need an AR15? Are dead kids less important then the RIGHT to own any gun, any size magazine, any time, any where?

    When did
    Of the people, by the people, for the people
    turn into
    Of the NRA, by the corporations, for the very rich?

    When did
    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
    turn into
    Dead children, overflowing jails and student loans?

    When did
    Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free
    turn into
    The Muslim ban, the end of DACA and the wall.

    When did
    spacious skies, amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties
    turn into
    desolate slums, glyphosate and global warming?

    When did
    our righteous, hopeful, generous pride
    turn into
    ugly, greedy, fearful stupidity?

    Is this the beginning of the new dark ages,
    with Putin controlling the world?
    Is it the beginning of the end of humanity,
    as we turn the Earth into a roiling, boiling bowl of dust?
    Will the planet go on without us,
    and rightly so?

    Will we wake up in time to save our children?

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