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The Court’s Literacy Test

Posted by Mike on November 20, 2007

The Second Amendment is a topic the Supreme Court usually doesn’t touch, but that is about to change. Due to the D.C. Circuit’s decision to overturn our capital city’s ineffective ban on handguns, the Supremes have decided to give themselves a literacy test. The text of the Second Amendment is as follows: “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.”  It seems simple enough.  The first part of the sentence is the reason for enacting the operative portion contained in the second part of the sentence.

However, these are Supreme Court Justices we’re talking about.  Reading comprehension was never their strong suit.  Like Hot Air, I’m pessimistic about this case.  Four Justices have shown that they are hellbent on ignoring the text of the Constitution.  Couple that lot with Justice Kennedy, who tends to read the Constitution and New York Times editorial page together as the law of land, and there is a potential that the Second Amendment may no longer mean what it says.

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