A federal jury convicted Dylan Roof of s federal "crime' under 18 USC 922, for use of a firearm in the murders of people in a church in South Carolina. The CRKBA is celebrating it as a victory for "law" over the efforts of the anti-gunners to pass still more unconstitutional statutes. It argues for "enforcing the laws on the books", when some of those laws are anathema to its charter. That is wrong, because the jury was enforcing an unconstitutional statute, and if it can convict of one unconstitutional statute , it can convict of any others that the anti-gunners may get passed.
No, the federal jury did not do right. They convicted Dylan Roof of a
federal "crime", when what he did was only a state crime. There is no
constitutional authority for Congress to have passed the statute under
which he was charged and convicted (Arms Control Act of 1968). Only the state had jurisdiction,
under a state statute. The duty of the jury was to acquit, and send a
message to the court that it was acting outside of its constitutional
Now in principle, had he been charged with treason,
that charge would have been constitutional, but the charge was not
treason. It was violation of a statute that takes its authority from the
court decision in Wickard v. Filburn. Not from the Treason Clauses.
CRKBA does not do its job when it celebrates the enforcement of an
unconstitutional statute. Its job is to hold government to its
constitutional bounds. If it and we celebrate enforcement of
unconstitutional statutes, there is no limit to what other statutes the
government may enforce in the future. That plays into the anti-gunners
hands, not thwarts them.
Transgender persons comprise less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the population. That number can't explain the intensity of the drive for "LGBT rights" that seems to have swept public debate, an intensity that would seem to require the support of a numerical majority, or at least a majority of the more influential members of society. This phenomenon requires investigation.
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