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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Con Law I

(2008-02-05) — The District of Columbia this week banned all public gatherings not organized, funded and run by the government. In prohibiting all privately-organized rallies, protests, church and club meetings, the District used the same reasoning that moved it to ban private handgun ownership.

The Supreme Court on March 18 will hear a case (District of Columbia v. Heller) challenging the D.C. handgun ban, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Lawyers for the District will claim that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” is restricted to government-sanctioned people, like those in the National Guard, because of the amendment’s preamble, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”

“Just as the Second Amendment applies only to government agents,” said an unnamed District spokesman, “so it should be logically inferred that the ‘peaceable assembly’ clause in the First Amendment applies only to government-sanctioned gatherings. Why would the Constitution ban private handgun ownership without also clamping down on potentially-incendiary public meetings? Both are clear and present dangers to the government.”

The move comes as part of an ongoing process by Washington D.C. officials to institute “a fresh understanding of the U.S. Constitution not constrained by individualistic interpretations.”

“When you hear the phrase ‘We the people…’,” the official said, “you need to realize that it means a select group of people who have the power and right to dispense liberty in reasonable doses for the good of all those other people. If the founders who wrote the Bill of Rights meant something else, it’s incumbent upon us to correct their misunderstanding.”

The District will hold an official public rally next Thursday to celebrate the new ban.

From Scott Ott.

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