The effort to void the Second Amendment by the anti-gun zealots of the liberal left never seems to run out of steam. In fact, it continues to gain momentum.
A Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a rifle used by Adam Lanza in the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary School shootings could continue after denying a motion made by the defendant to have the case dismissed.
This clear threat to the Second Amendment cannot be understated. By allowing this case to proceed–despite a 2005 federal law that protects gun manufacturers from civil lawsuits–this activist judge is attempting to do in the courts what the left has been unable to do through the executive and legislative branches of the government.
But it’s not for lack of effort. It was just a few months ago that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) began their push for a bill that would allow civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers. Many of the items in their bill–along with some of Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions against gun owners–were voted on in 2013 by the Senate.
The only reason it failed was due to the filibuster rules because it enjoyed majority support.
It’s also important to remember that the last gun rights case that reached the Supreme Court was decided in a 5-4 decision in favor of the Second Amendment; one of those votes came from the now deceased Antonin Scalia.
James Madison once said:
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurptions.”
Sounds like he could have been talking about today, doesn’t it?
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” David is also a contributor to RedState.com.
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