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An Individual Right

Five of nine Supreme Court justices have decided that “the right to bear arms” is an individual right, and finally replaced the deeply flawed, all over the place, decision in United States v. Miller 307 U.S. 174 (1939), the only other case on the Second Amendment to be heard by the Supreme Court.

CNN reports that the High court strikes down gun ban

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Washington D.C.’s sweeping ban on handguns is unconstitutional.

The justices voted 5-4 against the ban with Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for the majority.

At issue in District of Columbia v. Heller was whether the city’s ban violated the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” by preventing individuals — as opposed to state militias — from having guns in their homes.

The “militia” argument was always an evasion. When the Bill of Rights was passed there were no state militias, the militia was everyone capable of fighting. This doesn’t mean that weapons can’t be regulated, only that they can’t simply be banned. This ruling actually has a minimal effect on current laws outside of a few cities in the United States that do ban weapons.

June 26, 2008   13 Comments

Real Americans Said NO!

On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 6304 June 25, 2008, 06:25 PM

Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Wyden (D-OR)

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June 26, 2008   3 Comments

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even

Annoyed

So, have you finally figured out they are not your friends, and what is important to you is not important to them? Do you realize that most of the people involved are careerists, not activists? Can you understand that they are almost all politicians, not statesmen?

How do we help while awaiting the arrival of Nemesis to deliver them to the flames?

Politicians need two things to attain and stay in office: money and votes. Do not provide either, and drop them a note making sure they understand that they will receive neither from you, ever.  Be polite, and concise.

This absolutely, positively, unequivocally does not mean don’t vote and don’t contribute. If you drop out, you reduce your political value to zero. Always vote, and contribute what you can to people who support you and your ideals. You want them to know they have lost something, and it went to someone else.

June 26, 2008   4 Comments

Nostalgia

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Seems like only yesterday this meant something.

June 26, 2008   9 Comments