Well, I guess I’ll toss my hat in the ring too. Apparently Chicago’s Mayor Daley has decided that since the US Court System has been thwarting his efforts to disarm law-abiding citizens by following the radical US Constitution that he needs a change of venue. Rather than leaving the country for a gun-free paradise where even he would not be allowed to be surrounded by droves of armed guards, he has decided to take his lawsuits against Firearms Manufacturers to the World Court.
Dave Kopel discusses the technical side of this move over at The Volokh Conspiracy, while the lovely Queen of Snark Tam sums up what most gun owners are thinking with “Dick Daley is a venal, corrupt, lying sonofabitch, from a long line of venal, corrupt, lying sonsabitches. What he knows about ethics could be written on the head of a pin, in Sharpie. And this lowdown moral cripple, this wart on the body politic, smarting from one courtroom loss and pissing his britches over the possibility of another stinging defeat, this time in the highest court of the land, wants to run crying to the World Court, a body with all the majesty and legal authority of a mail-order divinity degree from Draw Tippy Turtle U., with his tale of woe.”
The part I want to discuss isn’t a quote from Mr. Daley though. What got me was the following line from one of Daley’s fellow violent criminal protection advocates; Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia who said: “I love the 2nd Amendment. [But], I have a 1st Amendment right not to be shot."
Mayor Nutter believes the 1st Amendment guarantees his right not to be shot. Really? Let’s go look.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Well, unless Mayor Nutter is referring to a right to not be shot by Government Agents while peaceably assembling. He is illustrating nothing more than his ignorance of the Constitution. Is this really the kind of person this Country needs in charge of anything having to do with Government? I hope the voters of Philadelphia are paying attention, but I doubt they are.