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6.26.2008

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"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." - version of the Second Amendment passed by Congress that is on the Bill of Rights in the National Archives

"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." - version of the Second Amendment sent to and ratified by the states.

Here's a great analysis of the opinions in D.C. v. Heller. For someone who likes to interpret the Constitution according to what the words actually say, Scalia sure did some interesting mental gymnastics on this one.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Yeah, almost as much as his gymnastics in Bush v. Gore or in his dissent on the Habeas Corpus case. (Nothing like throwing out 8 centuries of legal protection because of fear of terrorists!)

What was weirder was Obama's endorsement of this decision!

Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:26:00 PM

 

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