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Nunchaku, Sotomayor and Second Amendment Rights

Did you know that the state of New York has imposed a ban on possessing nunchucks for the last 34 years? 

This morning on NPR there was a segment on the issues being pumped up around the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme court–one of them being a speech she gave at UC Berkeley in 2001 in which she made a comment about race, and the other being a decision to join an unsigned judgment to uphold a NY state law that bans chukka sticks, a martial arts weapon made by connecting two sticks with a rope or chain–a.k.a. nunchucks.

The argument by some is that Sotomayor is in favor of squashing second amendment rights.  What do you think?  Sotomayor’s opinion is that the second amendment keeps the federal government from limiting weapon ownership, not state law’s like the NY law banning nunchucks.  I can think of many instances where the federal government has interfered with state laws, but I won’t go there right now.  Anyhow, the NPR segment was interesting, you can listen to it here.

My personal opinion is that no one supreme court judge could single-handedly deteriorate one of our country’s most treasured amendments.  I support the second amendment, but I’d also describe myself as more liberal than conservative on the political spectrum.  I live in California, perhaps the most stringent state when it comes to firearm laws.  At times I think that some of the restrictions are just downright ridiculous, but that’s coming from the mind of a rational person who is not interested in obtaining weapons to kill fellow humans.  All I have to do  is remind myself of some of the violence occurring in Richmond, Oakland and East Palo Alto and all of a sudden those restrictions don’t seem so bad.  Not like it matters because illegal weapons are easy to obtain…they’re everywhere…it’s a billion dollar business.

Learn about Jim Maloney and Maloney v. Rice:  The Nunchaku Case



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