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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:14 PM

10. The purpose and scope...

...of the Bill of Rights with the explicit language of the 9th and 10th Amendments contradicts the idea that Expressio unius est exclusio alterius could reasonably be applied to a single article within the Bill of Rights. More correctly applying the In pari materia canon most correctly highlights the meaning of 2A by characterizing it as sharing the nature of the other rights protected in the Bill.

In his dissent in Heller, Justice Stevens builds a position on that "i)t cannot be presumed that any clause in the constitution is intended to be without effect." Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 174 (1803) Justice Stevens' interpretation of actual meaning of the prefatory clause partially hinges upon his assertion that the majority opinion ascribes the RKBA as possessed by "law-abiding, responsible citizens,". While this may be the effect of the application of the 2A in concert with other legislation concurrent with and subsequent to the Bill of Rights, this effect is not at all correctly inferred as because of the 2A alone. We have today laws passed excluding certain people, notably felons, from firearm ownership. It is this effective limitation to which the majority decision refers as we enforce the law today.

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