Friday, July 17, 2009

Judge Sotomayor thinks gun rights are about hunting?

Hey, look, I did it again. I know everyone else is already talking about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, and I know nothing I write is going to make any difference in the scripted drama being played out in the Judiciary Committee hearing rooms. And yet, I couldn't let her flip comments about the right to keep and bear arms stand without a response.

The right recognized in the Heller v. D.C. decision is the right to keep and bear arms. It was not protected in the Bill of Rights because the founders of this nation thought hunting rights might one day be endangered. It was protected because they believed that it was important for the citizenry of a republic to be on equal footing with its government, and that meant that the citizens needed to be armed. Not so that they could hunt . . . That, Judge Sotomayor, is why the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms; because a government should not be allowed to dominate its people by force.

Go read the whole thing, if you would, and tell a friend. Much of the rest of it is unapologetically cribbed from Breda and Caleb, so you know it's quality.

Wait . . . you do listen to Gun Nuts: The Next Generation, don't you? Surely you must.

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