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Bitter clinger

Dennis Henigan clings to the collective rights mythology:

In two landmark Second Amendment cases — District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008 and this year’s McDonald v. Chicago — the Supreme Court struck down local handgun bans as violations of a newly-discovered constitutional right to possess guns “for the defense of hearth and home,” as Justice Scalia put it in Heller.

Newly discovered? That’s a lie.

9 Responses to “Bitter clinger”

  1. The Duck Says:

    But that is the way Dennis rolls

  2. Lergnom Says:

    At least he didn’t call it a ‘privilege’

  3. MrSatyre Says:

    “…newly-discovered” is how anti-gun activists term anything which the rest of us have known about and taken at face value so that they can once more avoid confronting the fact that they willfully ignored and repeatedly attempted to circumvent it. It makes them feel better about being wrong if they don’t actually have to admit to being complete jackasses.

  4. Sigivald Says:

    Well, I think that an explicit Constitutional (rather than Common or Natural Law) claim for the right to keep and bear arms for home defense is actually pretty new.

    I think this is more because the Founders didn’t think they had to worry about a future State being so daft as to try and ban self defense* than because they didn’t think there was a natural right to it.

    (There’s a reason for the “bear” part of “keep and bear arms”, and for the militia preamble. Not a “collective right”, but the mindset of the Founders was much more about keeping the State in line than about self-defense.)

    (* After all, even George III didn’t try to prohibit home defense arms, and he was oppressive enough to foment a revolution in response!)

  5. Lyle Says:

    We might say, “Newly rediscovered”.

    There. Fixed it.

    Sigvald; the founders did very much discuss self defense with the second amendment.

  6. dave Says:

    It takes a special kind of idiot to argue that defending your country from tyranny by means of violent bloodshed via arms is okay but defending yourself, family, home in the same way is not.

  7. Chas Says:

    A newly-discovered constitutional right? Henigan’s disingenuousness would be amusing if he wasn’t scheming to lay down the basis for a reversal of Heller and McDonald, if the left can pack the Supreme Court.
    He’s been told for decades that it is an individual right. The Supreme Court itself has now told him the same thing, and he still refuses to believe it. He never will. Sociopaths never believe their intended victims when it is inconvenient for them. Besides, it would wreck the fundraising – some of those America-haters have deep pockets and are willing to pay good money for the prospect of seeing American freedom raped by the government oppression that Henigan pushes.

    “Antisocial Personality Disorder results in what is commonly known as a Sociopath. The criteria for this disorder require an ongoing disregard for the rights of others, since the age of 15 years.”
    http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

  8. Chas Says:

    “Newly discovered. That’s a lie.”

    http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html
    “Pathological Lying”
    “Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis.”

  9. Matt Groom Says:

    But it WAS newly discovered…in 1791. I mean, everything must be new to lawyers and Leftists; sky is blue, what goes up, must come down, natural law supersedes all government laws, etc.