Scalia Suggests ‘Hand-Held Rocket Launchers’ Are Protected Under Second Amendment

It’s time for wacky Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to step down.  There is a possibility that the onset of dementia may have taken over his already depraved mind.

This is yet one more important reason to vote wisely.  Whichever candidate you choose to vote for, know that he will probably pick at least two SCOTUS candidates in the next four years.  In my opinion, the ideology of the candidates will reflect whether the Court will remain staunchly conservative or tip the scales to a more progressive Court.

Elections matter and they DO have consequences.

Think Progress

This morning on Fox News Sunday, Justice Antonin Scalia reiterated just how extremely his Constitutional originalism can be applied. Referring to the recent shooting in Aurora, CO, host Chris Wallace asked the Supreme Court Justice about gun control, and whether the Second Amendment allows for any limitations to gun rights. Scalia admitted there could be, such as “frighting” (carrying a big ax just to scare people), but they would still have to be determined with an 18th-Century perspective in mind. According to his originalism, if a weapon can be hand-held, though, it probably still falls under the right o “bear arms”:

WALLACE: What about… a weapon that can fire a hundred shots in a minute?

SCALIA: We’ll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided.

WALLACE: How do you decide that if you’re a textualist?

SCALIA: Very carefully.

Watch it…

Scalia’s across-the-board defense of weapon-carrying laws is not new, having been at the heart of his majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, which protected an individual’s right to possess firearms. However, his nonchalant suggestion that private citizens could legally carry rocket launchers so long as they’re “hand-held” suggests just how willing he is to protect an armed nation.

Such originalism is a dangerous distortion of 21st-Century reality. There is no conceivable way to apply the Founding Fathers’ understanding of a  ”well-regulated militia” armed with slow-to-load, hard-to-aim muskets to today’s weapon technology. Arguably, the full extent of alleged gunman James Holmes’ munitions could have easily decimated an entire brigade of musketeers before they’d even loaded their first ball.

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  1. You progressives just do not get it. The 2nd Amendment is not and was not meant to be a hunting right or a limited right for gun ownership. The right to bear arms is precisely so that the citizen can rise up against a tyrannical government (should the need arise). Criminals desire unarmed victims and Dictators prefer unarmed citizens. Hand held rocket launchers? If a person is willing to pay for that I say fine. They can own it. To suggest that only the military should have assault riffles is asinine because what happens if the government becomes tyrannical with a tin-horn radical general at the helm? Contextually the originalist must deal with muskets as the weapon referenced. But in modernity AR-15’s are necessary to squelch tyranny. Are you progressives afraid? You should be living in fear. You should be scarred. You should be running; precisely because you are the extreme left who are the puppets and benefactors of the Communist and Marxian Socialist agenda.

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    1. Michael, why is it you people go on blogs with your right wing neo-nazi tactics telling “leberala” they should be afraid? Why not just have your say without all the personal denigration? In a legitimate debate YOU LOSE because you’re attacking people who you ASSume to be liberal.

      This blog has a variety of readers from all political persuasions. Yet it never fails, when a right winger comes over here he/she start with some off-the-wall bullcrap about “liberty” and guns and then commence to spout as many ad hominem attacks as the typing space can hold.

      Go back and read your post again…it’s a vindictive, childish, and out of control statement that shouldn’t even be considered discourse in any form of the word.

      What you’re doing is pulling something out of no where…to flaunt feelings of prejudices rather than intellect.

      Like I said, YOU LOSE. Go away please. Just GO AWAY.

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