Thursday, October 04, 2007


The Genius to See the Bleeding Obvious

This op ed in USA Today by legal analyst Jonathan Turley is instructive for two things. Turley confesses that he is an agenda driven lefty (not news to most of us) and he sees what is clear to any cogent thinker, the Second Amendment recognizes that every citizen has the private constitutional right to keep and bear firearms. Just as we have the private constitutional right to speak truthfully and the private constitutional right to be secure from unreasonable searches in our homes, etc.

I suspect this is Turley getting tired of supporting an argument that didn't make any logical sense and getting on the right side of legal history before the former Parker case is decided. Best thing:

None of this is easy for someone raised to believe that the Second Amendment was the dividing line between the enlightenment and the dark ages of American culture. Yet, it is time to honestly reconsider this amendment and admit that ... here's the really hard part ... the NRA may have been right. This does not mean that Charlton Heston is the new Rosa Parks or that no restrictions can be placed on gun ownership. But it does appear that gun ownership was made a protected right by the Framers and, while we might not celebrate it, it is time that we recognize it.


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