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August 4, 2015

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Scalia’s arguments rebut editorial

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After reading the recent Heard Elsewhere column in the Sun, which featured The New York Times editorial “Personal guns and the Second Amendment,” I have a few questions:

What new law will prevent another Newtown?

The editorial complains that Justice Antonin Scalia found a “controversial right” to possess a gun in our Constitution.

As controversial as the “right” to an abortion found by a liberal Supreme Court?

Scalia has said if the Constitution is silent on a subject, the Supreme Court should be silent also and should defer to the Tenth Amendment.

Where is abortion even mentioned in our Constitution?

During oral arguments in the Heller case, Scalia asked: If the Second Amendment pertains only to the militia as some would say, why does the Constitution say “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” and not the “right of the militia ...”?

Scalia also asked whether the people in the Second Amendment were the same people in the First and Fourth Amendments. What say you?

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