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Posted on 10/17/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT by VRWCmember
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, speaking at an event hosted by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violences Legal Action Project, said Monday said that having some kind of constitutional right to a cell phone with a predialed 911 at your bedside might be better protection than a gun.
Im not sure I actually have captured the entire question, but it does occur to me that one thing that I thought about from time to time is that maybe you have some kind of constitutional right to have a cell phone with a predialed 911 number at your bedside, and that might provide you with a little better protection than a gun, which youre not used to using, Stevens said.
Jonathan Lowy, Brady Center Legal Action Project director, read a question from the audience, saying: The Supreme Court held that the 2nd Amendment assures our right to have a handgun in the home for self-defense as you say. This questions asked: That protects only gun owners. What about those who dont have guns? Surely they have a right of self-defense. Instead of relying on the 2nd Amendment and dealing with gun laws, wouldnt it be more rational to rely directly on the right we all have to self-defense. What are your thoughts on that?
Stevens was appointed to the high court in 1975 by President Gerald Ford. He retired in 2010. He is considered the third-longest serving justice.
So you have a right to a cell phone to call police. But you don’t have a right to protection by the police.
Is Stevens’ saying it would be constitutional for the Supreme Court to ban ownership of cell phones?
DOTARD, n. - A man whose intellect is impaired by age; one in his second childhood.
All Americans have a Constitutional right to own a cell phone and they also have a Constitutional right to keep it wherever they want, including on the bedside table.
What Americans do NOT have is a Constitutional right to demand someone else pay for said cell phone.
You have seconds to decide....
Seconds to act & protect your loved ones....
...Perhaps seconds to live...
And the 9-1-1 response is only minutes away...
Hizzoner needs a reality check...
You have the right to a weapon for use in self-defense. That doesn't mean that someone is obliged to give you that weapon.
This is the sort of constitutional genius that Justice Stevens utilized in his egregious tenure on the SCOTUS. According to this, and every other liberal mind on the Court, if one cannot justify a position with the Constitution, make something up by semantic misdirection.
Does Justice Stevens feel safer with his Secret Service detail armed with only cell phones? I'll bet those agents in the Secret Service use their cell phones and communication devices much more often than they use their guns. Does that give them a better Constitutional right to protection by cell phone than to bear arms?
My guns never have a dead battery, a weak signal, and work a lot faster than 911
If I don’t want a cell phone, do I have a constiutional right to a conventional PHONE... like the one I have had all my life?
Will the government pick up the tab on that??
Because I would use IT, if I needed to make a 911 call!!??? Isn’t that the same thing?
I don’t ever want to hear about the Harvard, Yale, Princeton Law graduates being elitist thinkers. This is just the kind of shit-for-brains thinking has given the United States so many insane interpretations of the Constitution.
Good point, and with your land line, the 911 dispatcher can immediatly pinpoint your address so that the armed response is only a few minutes away - while a cell phone call will take several minutes for the signal to be triangulated and your location identified so the armed response will be several additional minutes away.
This is Satire guys...
The type of response you would expect from a man with government provided police protection.
I like that; except it wouldn’t be Nokia. Nokia’s north Texas plant fired all employees who obtained CHL permits, and used status as a CHL holder as a disqualification for hiring.
The Average response time to a 911 call is 23 minutes.
The Average response time of a .357 Magnum is 1400 feet per second...
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