Yesterday, I gave my scattered impressions of the NR cruise First Amendment discussions. Today, given that I didn’t take notes, you’ll get my even more scattered impressions of yesterday’s Second Amendment discussion. Mostly, you’ll get my thoughts based upon what I can remember that they said.
James Lileks was once again the moderator. The panelists were John Yoo, Charles Cooke, Jim Geraghty, and Sheriff Dave Clarke.
To be honest, none of them said anything that I had not already read or thought of myself, but they were witty, funny, and thoughtful. With the exception of Sheriff Clarke, who represented sound common sense, the discussion took place at a fairly rarefied level, with many references to Supreme Court decisions. All of the panelists were extremely grateful that Trump’s win puts the kybosh on Hillary’s loudly stated plan to do whatever she could, primarily with pen and Supreme Court, to shut down the Second Amendment.
If I remember correctly, the discussion began by stating the principle — as Scalia said in Heller — that the Second Amendment is an individual, not a group, right. Indeed, when put into practical effect, the group theory that the Left espouses is ridiculous. According to the Left, the fact that the right to bear arms arises only in the context of a well-regulated militia means that the government can bar all arms at any other time, allowing individuals access to those arms only when they show up for militia drill and duty.
The Leftist scenario, if put into play, means that the government controls the arms entirely, which entirely vitiates the Second Amendment. The Left desires that outcome, but any free person recognizes it for the con it is.