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Vail Dail letter: Unsettling remarks

Terry Quinn
Eagle, CO Colorado

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer appeared on Fox News Sunday this week. One part of the interview was especially troubling. Host Chris Wallace read the Second Amendment, and asked Justice Breyer: How can the District of Columbia government deny its residents the right to possess a handgun?

Justice Breyer replied: “Are you a sportsman? Do you like to shoot pistols at targets? Well, get on the subway and go to Maryland. There is no problem, I don’t think, for anyone who really wants to have a gun.”

Unfortunately, Wallace did not follow up with obvious questions, like: We aren’t talking about punching holes in paper, we’re talking about personal protection. And – if a resident of D.C. can’t possess a handgun where he lives, how can he be expected to take it target shooting in Maryland? Plus – is Justice Breyer suggesting that people put their handgun, ammo, targets, etc. into a bag and get on public transportation to head out of town?

Justice Breyer’s response was evasive and unrealistic. It is unsettling to think that this kind of mindset is deciding the important legal issues in our country.

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