Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Will Voices On The Left Stand By Their Previous Support For The 2nd Amendment?
In view of President Obama's call to weaken the second amendment, it's worth looking at what two voices on the Left had to say about the right of Americans to own personal firearms.
One of them is ex-Solicitor General and now Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan, answering questions during her confirmation hearings. The questioner is none other than Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont who is probably only surpassed in the senate on the left end of the spectrum by Socialist Bernie Sanders and senate-elect Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts.
The Supreme Court decision they're discussing is District of Columbia v. Heller, which settled that the Second Amendment guarantees to Americans an individual right to keep and bear arms.
This is worth looking at because a number of the usual suspects are again raising the question about that individual right.
If they're called on to vote on the matter, will Justice Kagan and Senator Leahy stick to their guns (pun intended) or will they find it convenient to go with the flow, now that President Obama and some of his surrogates have weighed in?
Leahy's home state of Vermont, by the way, has the loosest gun laws of any state in the union, including allowing concealed carry. It also has the lowest firearms homicide rate in America, 4 per 100,00 people.