Jun 26, 2008

Guns (Not to be confused with "Gun")

Philip R.Klein writes in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

Today - four of the persons that are duly sworn justices - to whom are sworn to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States - voted to end the 2nd amendment.

No, they didn't.

Rather than take Philip's mangled opinion at face value, readers can make up their own minds by examining the dissenting opinions of Justices Stevens and Breyer here.

For instance, Justice Stevens wrote:

The Court would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons, and to authorize this Court to use the common-law process of case-by-case judicial lawmaking to define the contours of acceptable gun control policy. Absent compelling evidence that is nowhere to be found in the Court’s opinion, I could not possibly conclude that the Framers made such a choice.

Justice Stevens argues that the Constitution does not prohibit local authorities from setting policy. As an example, nowhere in the Constitution are felons prohibited from carrying firearms; instead, this was a gun control measure enacted by elected officials.  For the intellectually impaired like Philip R. Klein. Justice Stevens argues that you can't have your cake and eat it, too. 

That is, unless a wingnut like Philip Klein actually favors letting armed felons loose on the street. Justice Breyer's dissenting opinion clearly points this out

Far more important are the unfortunate consequences that today’s decision is likely to spawn. Not least of these, as I have said, is the fact that the decision threatens to throw into doubt the constitutionality of gun laws throughout the United States. I can find no sound legal basis for launching the courts on so formidable and potentially dangerous a mission.

To discuss this rationally (either pro or con), one must be aware of the actual issues.  Unfortunately, Philip R. Klein's bumper sticker mentality precludes a grasp of the real points being argued.

Philip's simplistic interpretation is to be expected from someone whose choice of weapons is a silly Glock and an AR15 chambered for a 9mm - what an idiot. 

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