On July 29, 2007, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court in DC v. Heller, the 2nd Amendment case. Justice Scalia makes clear that the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms is not an unlimited right. The 2nd Amendment is “not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
“Since Friday morning, a police officer was gunned down in Memphis, leaving four children without their mother. Two officers were killed outside a grocery store in Topeka. A woman was shot and killed inside a Las Vegas casino. Three people were shot inside an Alabama hospital. A four-year-old was caught in a drive-by in Missouri and taken off life support just yesterday. Each one of these Americans was a victim of the everyday gun violence that takes the lives of more than 10,000 Americans every year — violence that we cannot accept as routine.”
Joe Biden, the man Obama has chosen to lead his gun-control effort now, four years ago: “If [Obama] tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.”
As a friend of mine says, the meanest thing you can do to a politician is quote him accurately.
The Secret History of Guns
The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns. The Founding Fathers? They required gun ownership—and regulated it. And no group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public than the Black Panthers—the true pioneers of the modern pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights in America, both sides have distorted history and the law, and there’s no resolution in sight.
More —> Adam Winkler, The Atlantic