Here we go again.
I like to read them as ONE amendment.
I. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
II. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
I have to thank Justice Scalia for opening the ammo canister of worms with his new, idiotic, rather oppressive, statement regarding the Second Amendment:
“Obviously, the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried -- it’s to keep and ‘bear,’ so it doesn’t apply to cannons -- but I suppose there are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided,”
There is nothing obvious about the right to keep and bear arms meaning hand held, except in the mind of some elite who thinks he can re-write the US Constitution – without consequences. Scalia is tripping toward “tax” meaning the same thing as “penalty.”
Do “slippery” and “slope” come to mind?
The British tried to take all the powder kegs from the American revolutionary soldier/citizens. The Brits wanted the American armories.
They did not hand carry the powder kegs. Scalia’s re-interpretation of the words in the Second Amendment would have, essentially, disarmed the patriots who freed us from England. Now Scalia wants to play King George and let us peons have pistols and fire-crackers.
Your timing is off Mr. Scalia.
If we want to go down that immoral path – back to Article I.
If a hundred rounds in a magazine are too many for the Second Amendment, are a hundred protesters in one place beyond a peaceable assembly?
Freedom of speech includes millions of dollars of TV ads. How is that in line with “hand held” when it comes to arms. It looks to me like a millionaire can own heavy weapons, but a working stiff – loses.
I’m off, like every other person with a brain in this country, to buy up as much ammo as I can afford this week.
Good for me the First Amendment allows, for now, Supreme Court Justices to blab to the press, bloated hypotheses, regarding their intentions for my freedoms.