Thread: J. B. Van Hollen
I like this ....................
MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement applauding the United States Supreme Court's decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago that says the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" applies nationwide as a restraint on the ability of government to limit its application.
"Today's decision is a victory for those who value liberty. The United States Supreme Court's opinion in McDonald vindicates every individual's fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Adopting the position I joined on behalf of the state of Wisconsin with 37 other states, the Court rightly concluded that the right to bear arms is a right that should be protected from unconstitutional governmental interference, whether by the federal government or state governments. This puts the right to bear arms on same footing as other fundamental rights, such as free speech and free exercise of religion.
To me, the Court's decision today is a natural and anticipated extension of the court's decision two years ago in Heller in which the Court held that the right to bear arms for the purposes of self-defense is a fundamental individual right. If there is any surprise about today's decision, it is that it was not unanimous.
Wisconsin citizens know how fundamental the right to keep and bear arms is. When Wisconsin voters were given the opportunity to protect the right to bear arms in the Wisconsin Constitution, they overwhelmingly voted in favor of protecting the right, with nearly 3 votes in favor for every one opposed. The amendment, which passed in 1998, received more votes for a constitutional amendment than any other amendment in Wisconsin's history that was voted on in a non-presidential election year.
It is important to me to do what I can as Wisconsin's Attorney General to protect this fundamental individual right. I sought the required permission to file a brief in the Heller case. While the Governor denied my request, the State Assembly passed a resolution that authorized my office to write and file a brief with the United States Supreme Court, advocating for the right to bear arms. When this right became an issue again in the McDonald case, Governor Doyle once again rejected my request to advocate in the Supreme Court for this fundamental right on behalf of the state of Wisconsin. Once again, the State Assembly stepped in and provided the required authorization I needed to advocate for Wisconsin. "
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Yes, Doug was saying your post was so insufficient , that he had to add to it to make you look bad... (For not being "informative enough".) Why are you offended by another member adding info to your post? Someone else could read both, and could be thankful for both of you providing the information you did. So, I guess from now on no one can put additional information on "someone elses posts". I'll have to keep that in mind... (insert eye roll here...)
By the way, thanks Doug.
I think instead of arguing with each other we should be talking about the fact that we have a WI elected official in office who is doing something for us. Save the arguing for the people who want to try and take our rights from us.
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Has JB said as to why he hasn't done so yet?
Former Corporal of Marines.
My Captain. Good morning and welcome.
This is great news! Hopefully this will impact the WCI lawsuit and we will get some of our rights back!
Some have squaked that JB did not take his campaign for a run for Wisconsin Governor.
Let me ask this, in 2012, would you rather have JB as WI Gov. or US AG.
I think he's staying on as WI AG, banking on a Replican presidency in 2012, getting on the short list for US AG.
I could be wrong, but it sounds pretty nice doesn't it.
Also, if you look at the WI web site, his office did file a brief on this item supporting the 2nd Ammendment.