Monday the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Second Amendment-rights case McDonald v. Chicago. The majority opinion, written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, affirmed what many of us have known all along: that the Second Amendment protects an individual right, not to be infringed by any government, whether federal, state, or local. This elevates the Second Amendment from what law professor Glenn Reynolds calls its status as “a neglected stepchild that has been interpreted out of existence,” and finally restores its rightful standing as full-fledged constitutional law, despite John Hall’s disappointing absence among its defenders.
Another day, another attack on the Constitution by Congress and John Hall. Last time it was the Commerce Clause (read about it here); this time your First Amendment freedom of speech is in the Congressional Democrats’ crosshairs, and once again John Hall has chosen the wrong side. With his vote in favor of the so-called DISCLOSE Act, Rep. Hall is effectively picking and choosing who enjoys freedom of political speech, depending on whether the speech in question favors his friends.
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