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Supreme Court Justice Suggests that “Hand-Held Rocket Launchers” Are Allowable Under the Second Amendment


During an appearance on Fox News this weekend, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said a few words that are surely going to get the attention of the liberal establishment.  During the interview, Scalia was asked about the recent shooting in Aurora Colorado and what it means to be able to “bear” arms.  Here is some of the transcript:

HOST CHRIS WALLACE: What about… a weapon that can fire a hundred shots in a minute?

SCALIA: We’ll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided.

WALLACE: How do you decide that if you’re a textualist?

SCALIA: Very carefully.

Scalia’s reference to the idea that a rocket launcher might fit under the right to bear arms is interesting.  It proves that he is committed to protecting the second amendment at almost any cost.    Such “originalist” thinking about the United States Constitution is, to some, an enemy of progress and also quite dangerous.  It applies rules that were created over 200 years ago to a world in which the threat of such rules can be astonishing.

We can only hope that at some point, Scalia realizes that rocket launchers were not the vision of the founding fathers when they gave Americans the right to bear arms.

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  1. Stanley Feldman

    I read Justice Scalia’s comments completely opposite of your headline. I understood the “rocket launchers” comment to be an example of an obvious exception to the right to bear arms.

  2. Is it true that the writers of the Constitution wanted it to be updated every 18 months as society changed? I think that should be the law and there would not be so many far out responses from people who are supposed to uphold and interpret the law…

  3. A law that would permit people to walk around with a rocket launcher, or own one would be a terrible mistake. We are already liveing in a dangerous society

  4. If the only people to have and carry guns are the Military and the Police, we would be living in a Totalitarian society. That is an extremely dangerous situation indeed. If one understands why the framers of the Constitution wrote this into it, we wouldn’t have all of this confusion. it was written into it to allow for the Citizenry to protect itself from tyranny of the government. This is why we keep having these “False Flag” Attacks occurring; to convince us to give up this extremely important Constitutional right.

  5. Aw hell no. WTF is the matter with Scalia? See, this is why all sensible people need to get out and vote for our President in Nov. because as sure as I’m writing this, the GOP is INSANE and cannot be allowed to weigh this court with anymore nutbars. That is all I have to write about that.

  6. You’re reacting in extremely exaggerated fashion.
    The man stated there would need to be very careful
    Deliberation to decide whether ‘Hand held rocket launchers’
    Or similar weapons are to be allowed. In my opinion he
    Was in fact saying the opposite of what you are suggesting.
    He is however, being careful to not publicly dispute the second amendment.

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