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SCALIA SAID WHAT?!: Conservative Justice Has Gun Rights Groups on Notice
Suffering the slings and arrows of gun-control fanatics after an incident like the Aurora movie massacre is something 2nd Amendment groups are used to.
But when Larry Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America (GOA), saw the quiver that produce one of those arrows this past weekend, it not only took him off guard, it compelled him to open his calendar for interviews right away to speak out on the topic.
The remarks, uttered on the most recent broadcast of Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace, came from none other than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—an otherwise stalwart conservative on the Court—who said the Constitution allows room for Congress to regulate certain guns.
Scalia is a Constitutional “originalist,” or one who subscribes to the belief that, while the Supreme Court should rule based on the actual text of the Constitution, it should also do so within the context of the time in which it was written.
Within that framework, Scalia refers to the time of the Founding Fathers when there was a ban on “frightening weapons” and recognized “locational limitations” on where firearms could be carried.
Pratt is itching to respond, saying, “People need to know about this. Only Justice (Clarence) Thomas is anywhere close to being an ‘originalist’.”
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ABOUT YOUR EXPERT GUEST, LARRY PRATT:
Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 30 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.
GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA’s work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.
Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s Crossfire and Larry King Live, the Dan Abrams show and many others.
He has also debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others.
Pratt’s columns have appeared in newspapers across the country, and he’s published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990, as well as edited a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, in 1995. His latest book is On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty.
Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. He directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.
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