Skip to comments.Breyer: Founding Fathers Would Have Allowed Restrictions on Guns
Posted on 12/12/2010 11:33:59 AM PST by driftdiver
If you look at the values and the historical record, you will see that the Founding Fathers never intended guns to go unregulated, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer contended Sunday.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Breyer said history stands with the dissenters in the court's decision to overturn a Washington, D.C., handgun ban in the 2008 case "D.C. v. Heller."
Breyer wrote the dissent and was joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He said historians would side with him in the case because they have concluded that Founding Father James Madison was more worried that the Constitution may not be ratified than he was about granting individuals the right to bear arms.
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The Federalist Papers
A prolifically idiotic and moronic statement.
My husband was able to choose his branch back in '73 at GA Tech (he chose Chemical Corps, he's a chemist). That may have been a special deal with Tech, don't know for sure.
But I've heard him speak, and he's good. And I'm not just saying that because he's from right down the road from my parents' house!
If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair. The usurpers, clothed with the forms of legal authority, can too often crush the opposition in embryo. The smaller the extent of the territory, the more difficult will it be for the people to form a regular or systematic plan of opposition, and the more easy will it be to defeat their early efforts. Intelligence can be more speedily obtained of their preparations and movements, and the military force in the possession of the usurpers can be more rapidly directed against the part where the opposition has begun. In this situation there must be a peculiar coincidence of circumstances to insure success to the popular resistance.
With love from Alexander Hamilton [Federalist #28]
Sounds like good news!
Wow. What an ignorant statement. I guess you haven't read My Grandfather's Son; or talked to anyone who has worked with him. Maybe you could share two or three idiotic statements you've heard even attributed to the man?
It is good news. With a little more work on his math, he can have a stratospheric SAT score and get substantial financial aid from a respectable state college, if he decides against ROTC. My husband and I are pushing it, because it’s not only a paid college education but a job afterward.
Bill would like artillery, I think. The Army recruiter is the man who caught him frisking on the church roof ;-).
After the last 2 nominees, I don’t think they’re smarter than the average bear.
I saw him on Fox News Sunday. His comments weren’t very well thought out. Had the founders seen fit to remove guns from the hands of early settlers, they would certainly have perished. They would have perished, if for no other reason, for lack of wild game for food. Breyer’s comments were absolutely absurd.
hE ABSOLUTELY REFUSED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTION DIRECTLY AND HIS SMUG ARROGANCE AND DISGUSTING DISDAIN WAS APPALLING!
And if so...why would it even be mentioned in the Bill of Rights if it wasn't a right.
The Bill of Rights are individual rights...everyone of them.
The only possible limits would have to do with maintenance of a private army, or display of a loaded weapon in a public. Even that would be primarily the concern of the local and state authorities. The feds could get involved only in case of insurrection against the state.
A good tutor is well worth the cost for the math portion of the SAT. 3-4 sessions significantly raised my daughter's math score. The tutor was recommended by her AP math teacher.
His opinions are also just fine. No doubt that there are men who could have filled the seat better, but that can be said about many a WHITE justice, such as Fred Vincent, Truman’s pick.
Breyer’s an idiot; however, idiocy has become the latter day norm in the US.
IIRC, the leftwing blockhead (good term!) who said 2A was only about flintlocks was CJ Warren Burger. He appeared on the cover of Parade magazine grinning while holding a 1795 musket and in the feature story said basically, screw you NRA, this is what a strict interpretation of 2A allows you to have, so STFU!