Justice Clarence Thomas is right, the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right and needs to be protected

June 16, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Justice Clarence Thomas for criticizing the Supreme Court for not taking any cases to defend the Second Amendment:

“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is correct in expressing his concern that the Supreme Court of the United States is treating the Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms as a redheaded step-child of the Bill of Rights. Americans from all walks of life have observed and in some cases experienced in real-time the pressing need to be able to own and carry firearms in the past few weeks, yet the Supreme Court continues to allow its two established precedents in the Heller and MacDonald decisions to effectively be trampled by lower courts and states which thumb their noses at both the Supreme Court and the United States Constitution through egregious violations of the rights of law-abiding citizens.

“It is the Supreme Court’s job to protect citizen’s rights, yet while the Court has proven itself willing to rewrite statutes related to workplace discrimination based upon sex that Congress has expressly refused to change, they, once again are unwilling to protect the rights of Americans that are plainly written into the Bill of Rights and which they have previously affirmed.  One of the great frustrations many Americans have with the federal courts including the Supreme Court, is that left-wing jurists go to any length in attempts to thwart the will of the people when it comes to immigration and other important security topics, but when it comes to the Second Amendment, a presumably textual driven Supreme Court is flaccid while the left abuses the rights of citizens.

“The failure of the Supreme Court to take up and address fundamental freedom issues combined with previous contortions to uphold Obamacare and other Constitutionally dubious government overreaches brings into question whether fighting massive political wars over who sits on the federal bench is worth the time, energy and effort.”

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