The fix is in that won’t fix anything.
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The only way to stop the use of “assault weapons” in these mass murders is to confiscate them, an unconstitutional infringement on our Second Amendment rights as Justice Scalia wrote in the DC v. Heller decision. A ban on their sale is also unconstitutional. As Scalia wrote:
It may be objected that if weapons that are most useful in military service—M-16 rifles and the like—may be banned, then the Second Amendment right is completely detached from the prefatory clause. But as we have said, the conception of the militia at the time of the Second Amendment’s ratification was the body of all citizens capable of military service, who would bring the sorts of lawful weapons that they possessed at home to militia duty. It may well be true today that a militia, to be as effective as militias in the 18th century, would require sophisticated arms that are highly unusual in society at large. Indeed, it may be true that no amount of small arms could be useful against modern-day bombers and tanks. But the fact that modern developments have limited the degree of fit between the prefatory clause and the protected right cannot change our interpretation of the right.
Scalia also wrote that the prohibition of carrying firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, and other reasonable restrictions, are constitutional. His decision is serious, and any gun-oriented solutions to mass murders have to be consistent with it.
There is a need for serious action, but it’s not a question of more or fewer guns in the hands of Americans. The serious action needed urgently is to get the dangerous mentally ill off the streets and make schools a harder target. Nothing else — certainly not the demands Obama will make — will do anything to prevent another Newtown-like massacre.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?