Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Second Amendment supporters want to see President Trump appoint more originalists and textualists to the Supreme Court. The most likely Justice to create an opening is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Justice Ginsburg voted against the Heller decision. She voted against the McDonald decision. Her opinion on the Second Amendment is was clear then, and it is clear now. The Second Amendment should be defined as inconsequential because it is old. From armsandthelaw.com:
“If the court had properly interpreted the Second Amendment, the Court would have said that amendment was very important when the nation was new,” she said. “It gave a qualified right to keep and bear arms, but it was for one purpose only — and that was the purpose of having militiamen who were able to fight to preserve the nation.””
Ruth's position is to define the Second Amendment out of existence, without any real argument, because it is old. The fallback position is that the Second Amendment does not apply to individuals. That is the essential Progressive position on the entire Constitution. It is old, therefore we can ignore it.
I have read a few Second Amendment supporters who openly wish for Justice Ginsburg's death. This is wrong.
To borrow a common phrase: We are better than that.
Jesus told us to love our enemies. It does not mean we must be pacifists. It does not mean we must empower our enemies. It does not mean we do not oppose our enemies.
It means we recognize that all are sinners, all need God's grace.
Justice Ginsburg needs God's grace as much as anyone does. She is old, ill, and at 85, near death.
Here is my prayer for Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
Dear God, please open Ruth's heart so that she knows that she has sinned. Help her to understand that she is not a god. Help her understand you are in charge.
None of us know what you know. Please humble your creation, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, so she will open her heart to you, and accept your son, Jesus, as her savior.
Lord, you wish all to be saved. All have fallen short of your perfection. While Ruth has done many things we see as evil, only you know her part in your plans.
Lord, we look to you to open Ruth's eyes, to humble her heart, to help her seek your grace.
I, Lord, was an agnostic for 40 years. I needed to be humbled to come to you.
If it be your will, Ruth can also be humbled and saved. She has to chose. Lord, if it be your will, make the way for her choice clear, and easy.
The election of Donald Trump has given her pause. She sees her death may not be at the end of a long and successful career of redefining the Constitution in Progressive terms.
Instead, it may serve as a means of restoring the Constitution to its original meaning. A different Justice, an originalist and textualist Justice, may replace Ruth on the Supreme Court.
May that realization bring Ruth closer to you, to ask for forgiveness and guidance.
Ruth, God will help you, if only you humble yourself and ask for his help.
Lord, help Second Amendment supporters to humble their hearts.
Help Second Amendment supporters to love their enemies, and wish for the salvation of those who work against them.
In the name of your son, Jesus.
Almighty God, may your will be done.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.