Keith Olbermann called Justice Scalia the Worst Person in the World last night - apparently Keith is now a legal scholar. Skip ahead to approx 2:20 in the video:
Unfortunately for Keith, Scalia ridiculued the very point that Keith raises in the piece, namely that the 2nd Amendment only refers to weapons in existence at the time of the Bill of Rights (the flintlock, Chinese hand cannon, etc, etc). If only Keith had taken the time to read the first few paragraphs of the majority opinion, he might not have made a fool of himself.
From Page 8 of the majority opinion:
[...]I'm sure Keith would say that the First Amendment is only intended to apply to the pamphlet, newspaper, etc and cannot be extended to cover the internet, YouTube, radio, or satellite, cable, or over-the-air television.
Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, e.g., Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U. S. 844, 849 (1997), and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, e.g., Kyllo v. United States, 533 U. S. 27, 35–36 (2001), the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding..
What a complete moron.
ARC: St Wendeler