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Posts Tagged ‘robert byrd’

Harry Reid Thinks Greatest Living Americans Were Politicians. Remarkable

October 9, 2010

HARRY REID: “I’m glad I had the opportunity to know Ted Kennedy. Whether you agreed with him or not, what a life he lead with his two brothers being assassinated, his other brother being killed in World War II. And Robert Byrd who just died. What a– he was in the Congress of the United States for more than 25 percent of the time that we have been a country. That’s fairly remarkable.”  Freakin Remarkable

  

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The Supremes Uphold Gun Ownership with Second and 14th Amendment 1-2 Punch

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution’s “right to keep and bear arms” could survive legal challenges.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court, said that the Second Amendment right “applies equally to the federal government and the states.”

The court was split along familiar ideological lines, with five conservative-moderate justices in favor of gun rights and four liberals opposed. Chief Justice Roberts voted with the majority.

Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen Breyer, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, each wrote a dissent. Stevens, in his final day on the bench after more than 34 years, said that unlike the Washington case, Monday’s decision “could prove far more destructive – quite literally – to our nation’s communities and to our constitutional structure.”

In the Judges ruling, the 14th amendment, freeing slaves,  made it clear the 2nd amendment gun right was crucial, to  help  protect recently released slaves . Their position was that newly released slaves that did not have the right of gun ownership would not be truely free. Also there was always the chance of the visit by the Democrat KKK. Judicial 2-14  punch..