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November 02, 2005

The Constitution-in-Exile Orders a Mojito

Bush Supreme Court nominee Sam Alioto on the right to possess machine guns:

Whiskey Bar: Casey as the Bat: Just call him "Machine Gun" Scalito:

What should be far more troubling to Senate Democrats, however, is Alito's 1996 dissent from a decision upholding the constitutionality of a federal law prohibiting the possession of machine guns. Applying the logic of the Constitution in Exile for all it's worth, Alito insisted that the private possession of machine guns was not an economic activity, and there was no empirical evidence that private gun possession increased violent crime in a way that substantially affected commerce -- therefore, Congress has no right to regulate it.

I genuinely don't understand how machine guns are not part of "economic activity." Wouldn't most people who use or threaten to use machine guns use them to get money--often through transactions that cross state lines?

I hope that wherever the Constitution-in-Exile is in exile, it is a warm, happy, peaceful friendly place. Because I want it to stay there for a long time.

Posted by DeLong at November 2, 2005 09:55 AM