In the next four years, one or two nominations will be made to the Supreme Court. To emphasize the importance of this to gun owners, here are some comments by retired Justice John Paul Stevens…
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says your right to self-defense in your own home should be limited to a cellphone “at your bedside.”
Stevens, 92, served on the Supreme Court for 35 years before retiring in 2010. A liberal jurist, Stevens wrote the dissenting opinions on both the 2008 Heller ruling and the 2010 McDonald decision, both of which were 5-4 affirmations that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s civil right to keep and bear arms.
As the guest speaker during an Oct. 15 luncheon hosted by the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, Stevens offered a suggestion to millions of Americans who legally keep a weapon in their home for self-defense.
“Maybe you have some kind of constitutional right to have a cell phone with a pre-dialed 911 in the number at your bedside and that might provide you with a little better protection than a gun which you’re not used to using,” he said to laughter, according to an Oct. 16 article by Reuters.
In addition to telling Americans to trade in their rifles for cellphones, Stevens said the Heller and McDonald rulings leave room for restrictions on the right to carry outside the home, bans on certain styles of firearms, elimination of carry rights in “sensitive” places and background-check requirements for private gun sales.
Note that both decisions were 5-4,which means that the legal status if many of our freedoms are hanging by a thread. And, if Obama get’s to pick even one more justice, it is a safe bet that he or she will be a gun grabber. So even if you’re a Democrat, your rights are at risk.
Consider your vote wisely, because the court can allow the state to take your rights by reclassifying them as government granted privileges.