I don't even know if I should give this guy the courtesy of linking to his website, but he is just... there are no words.
Sotomayor, guns, the 2nd amendment and constitutional idiocy
Just a couple excerpts from his article... I could spend hours de-bunking this guy.
Of course the problem with that line of thinking is that there is no 2nd amendment right to own a gun, and that is not in dispute among anyone who knows the constitution which admittedly leaves out at least 3/4 of the members of Congress and probably half the states attorneys general in the country .
But what the hearings may finally do is put to bed this incredible ignorance over the 2nd amendment, ignorance which quite frankly does gun owners no good at all. Except to constantly put them on the defensive because every time they try to invoke the 2nd amendment to achieve something they want, they lose. And always will. Because the 2nd amendment has absolutely nothing to do with an individual right to own a gun and never did. And so it is actually in the interest of pro-gun organizations and gun owners to drop these constant references to the 2nd amendment since it will get them nowhere and instead use other tactical means in support of their positions.
To try to rely on a 2nd amendment right that doesn't exist only makes their position more difficult because they will lose that argument every time and continue to be on the defensive. What gun owners need to do is exercise their first amendment rights and apply whatever political pressures they choose, whether its through contributions to legislators who support their position or to finance campaigns against legislators who oppose their position, and that will get them further than this losing battle that the 2nd amendment gives them rights and that it applies to individuals.
Have at em' boys....
"the Second Amendment doesn't guarantee the right to have firearms at all. " Burger said that the purpose of the Second Amendment was "to ensure that the 'state armies'--'the militia'--would be maintained for the defense of the state. "
This is of course obvious. Even the most tortured liberal approach to the constitution cant get around the facts relating to the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment isn't a smorgasbord where you get to pick and choose what words you think support your position and pretend the other words don't exist.