Monday, April 19, 2010

"The Second Amendment is a Doomsday Provision"

The Smallest Minority

Catching up with Kevin's immaculate philosophy, I note this screed with extended quotes by eminent jurors discussing constitutional 'interpretations' by the courts, cabbages, and kings.

Long article, worth taking the time to read it.

I highly recommend it, if only for this passage:

My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

But of course, there's more, much more. Including extended comments by Justice Scalia.

I know. It makes you just lick your lips in anticipation, doesn't it?

Go ahead, read the whole thing. You know you wanna.

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