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Why Did Clarence Thomas Defend the Gun Rights of Domestic Abusers?

esquire.comThe more obscure decisions handed down by the Supreme Court included a break for convicted Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, but not for convicted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. But there also was another one that had no little resonance with the events of last week in the Capitol.

The Court upheld a federal law prohibiting those people convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault from buying a gun. (Note to the gun-fondlers in the shebeen—this is precisely what the late Antonin Scalia was talking about in Keller when he said Second Amendment rights were not absolute.) The decision in Voisine v. United States, however, was highlighted by a remarkable dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas, who had a very bad day Monday. Thomas professed himself outraged at this obviously tyrannical abridgment of the constitutional liberties of wife-batterers.

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