RONALD BEATY - State Senate Candidate's Position on Second Amendment Rights and Law-abiding Citizens

Massachusetts State Senate Candidate Roanld Beaty - Position on Second Amendment Rights and Law-abiding Citizens
Massachusetts State Senate Candidate Roanld Beaty - Position on Second Amendment Rights and Law-abiding Citizens  Download PDF 
RE: Cape & Islands District, Republican State Senate Candidate RONALD BEATY - Candidate Position on Second Amendment Rights & Law-abiding Citizens 

For your reference and information, please see the attached completed candidate questionnaire sponsored by the Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL) of Massachusetts. 

Thank you. 

Sincerely yours, 

Ronald Beaty 
Republican Candidate -Massachusetts State Senate, Cape & Islands District 
Email: beatyforstatesenate@gmail.com 
Phone: 508-685-2921
Doug Roberson July 05, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Gun ruling ignores 'militia clause' Text Size: A | A | A Print this ArticlePrint this Article Email this ArticleEmail this Article ShareThis By RICHARD K. LATIMER July 05, 2014 Daniel Shores takes state Sen. Daniel Wolf to task (Wolf fails to understand Second Amendment rights, June 24) for claiming that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is a collective right, not an individual right. He bases this on the 5-4 majority opinion in District of Columbia vs. Heller, written by Justice Antonin Scalia. The four-member minority opinion, by Justice John Paul Stevens, took just the opposite position based on the actual language of the Second Amendment — that the militia clause means just what it appears to mean, that the right to bear arms is qualified by the state's need for a well-regulated militia. The Constitution refers to the militia in three places. Article 1, Section 8, gives Congress the power to regulate and fund the Militia, for the express purposes of executing federal law, suppressing insurrections and repelling invasions, and Article II, Section 2, establishes the president as the commander in chief of that militia, when called into service of the United States. Instead of reading the Constitution as an integrated whole, Justice Scalia dismisses those specific references to governmental control over the militia, based on a mish-mash of selective readings of pre-ratification writings, ultimately relying on paranoid, anti-Federalist writings about the need for free men to arm themselves against a tyrannical federal government. That's what the Civil War was about, basically, with the "people" of the South rising up in arms against the "tyrannical" Union Army that wanted to take away the white planters' God-given right to kidnap black Africans and force them into a life of brutal servitude. A clear, contemporary example of that paranoid vision was seen just this past spring in Nevada, with armed militia defending the right of Cliven Bundy, a free-loading cattle rancher, to graze his herd on federal lands without paying a fee. That was a citizens "militia," rising in armed insurrection to prevent federal agents from executing the law. Bundy, by the way, is also a racist. But, according to Mr. Shores and Justice Scalia, that's what the Second Amendment means. Thus, Mr. Shores believes that a 5-4 Supreme Court majority can authoritatively rewrite the plain language of the Constitution in a way that creates a contradiction with other more basic provisions, far more important to the security of America today, and which undermines the authority of the federal government itself. That being so, I'm sure Mr. Shores must also agree that the far less drastic ruling in Roe v. Wade was also authoritatively correct, with a 7-2 majority simply extending prior court interpretations of the Fourth Amendment to include a woman's right to determine what she does with her own body, as opposed to "big government" controlling her most private personal decisions. Richard Latimer is a lawyer in Falmouth.


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