Justice Scalia is hated by liberals, and there are some good reasons why. He’s consistently proven that he has no regard for the rights of women or those of a different sexual orientation, but apparently that’s not enough for every right-wing gun nut out there. Larry Pratt, the director of Gun Owners of America, told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that Scalia is “too liberal” and that “Scalia was not speaking from a constitutional perspective.”
In the past, Scalia has indicated that there are indeed limits to what weaponry you can own as a private citizen. Back in late July, the Huffington Post reported that, “Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Sunday that there are ‘undoubtedly’ limits to a person’s right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, but that future court cases will have to decide where to draw the line.”
Those “future court cases” that he speaks of might be coming sooner rather than later, as Vice President Biden’s recommendations for the President about how to solve our murder-with-guns problem come this week. If an assault weapons ban is legislated, or, actually, any type of control or regulation is legislated, you can bet that there will be lawsuits against it that will reach high courts in this country.
Larry Pratt firmly disagrees with conservative Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s stance on the right to bear arms (I wonder what he thinks of allowing citizens to purchase handheld rocket launchers and such), saying that,
He was not speaking from a constitutional perspective. The amendment does provide its own degree of scrutiny: It says, ‘shall not be infringed’ …This is not something where the government is supposed to be free to tell we the people, the government’s boss, how much — how far we can go with the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is there to constrain the government.
Well, although there are many times when Justice Scalia hasn’t spoken from a constitutional perspective, saying that there is “undoubtedly” a limit to how far gun rights extend isn’t unconstitutional at all. True, it says “shall not be infringed,” just like Pratt pointed out. It also says “well regulated.” Larry Pratt has stated that background checks for gun purchases are completely pointless, so apparently he didn’t catch the “well regulated” bit.
Ah, well. Larry Pratt probably isn’t the person we should go to for constitutional interpretation anyway.
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