VIDEO: Justice Scalia suggests hand-held rocket launchers protected under Second Amendment


A rocket-propelled grenade and RPG-7 launcher, via Wikipedia

See that weapon above? How'd you feel if it were completely legal to open-carry one of those suckers?

The scary part is that Justice Antonin NRA Scalia is dead (no pun) serious about what he's saying about just that, which is why re-electing President Obama is so important. We do not want any more people like Scalia on the Supreme Court:

"Obviously the [Second] Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried, it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons, but I suppose there are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided."

So anything one can carry around is dandy with him. Got it. He's good with legally schlepping weapons that can are used against tanks and planes and stuff. How measured of him.

And imagine a rocket launcher in the hands of someone like the Colorado murderer... in a movie theater. Or a mall. Bye bye Macy's.

And somehow I don't think we'd need to rely on one of those explosive-projectile-type things to protect ourselves from burglars. Call it a hunch.

To those out there who are big on "Second Amendment Remedies," there's this to consider: If the big bad government were really coming after us and our sidearms, hey, they have drones and bombs and the military on their side. I have a funny feeling they'd still win.

Because the rockets fired from RPGs are not guided, accuracy can be a problem. Rockets from RPGs achieve the best results when fired at close range. This often requires people using an RPG to put themselves in the line of fire to score an accurate hit.

Think Progress:

There is no conceivable way to apply the Founding Fathers’ understanding of a  ”well-regulated militia” armed with slow-to-load, hard-to-aim muskets to today’s weapon technology.

And there's that.

Note: Headline edited.

  • Steel Cowboy

    This man is not balanced and is dangerous to Americans and the Nation. Impeach!

  • lsamsa

    Makes absolutely no sense to me.
    What is there not to understand about the words 'well regulated'?

  • There's no "dislike" option here.  You get my point.

  • We cannot achieve "a well regulated militia" in today's society - EXCEPT for - the National Guard.  THAT is what the NG was designed for - not for carrying out an illegal war because it would have ended immediately had there been a draft yattayattayattta......

  • Just imagine...a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missile launched at a fully-loaded jumbo jet...

  • I see Fat Tony's been hitting the bottle again . . .

  • This is what passes for intellectual leadership on the right.