from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:
California representative Eric Swalwell is the latest empty suit to enter the presidential sweepstakes on the democrat side.
He evidently intends to make gun control – or rather, gun confiscation – his Numero Uno campaign agenda issue.
Last year Swalwell wrote: “An assault weapon, then, is a hand-held weapon of war, capable of spraying a crowd with more lethal fire in seconds. We should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons. The ban would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.”
It appears obvious that Swalwell’s intent is to confiscate all guns, but assumes it easiest to just begin by outlawing the scariest looking ones. Like all leftists, he knows that once the framework is in place, they’ll be no stopping that inevitability.
Swalwell added, “Our courts haven’t found a constitutional right to have assault weapons, anyway. When the Supreme Court held in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that this right ‘is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.’”
That one sentence – “Our courts haven’t found a constitutional right” – clearly defines the major problem in this country, run by pinhead lawyers and judges so full of arrogance they think themselves and their decisions superior to the Constitution and the founders. By citing only court decisions instead of original intent, one bad decision leads to another and so on. It also provides cover to confiscators to purposely avoid the founder’s views on guns.
While I adamantly disagree with every Swalwell premise, I do agree with Justice Scalia.
So, did the framers intend the Second Amendment to encompass an individual’s right to own and carry guns for self-protection? It turns out they, the founders, had plenty to say on the subject.
The first state Declaration of Rights to use the term “bear arms” was that of Pennsylvania in 1776: “that the people have a right to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state.” Pretty clear. No ambiguity there.