This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
Justice Stevens has apparently been playing a lot of baseball lately, playing the position of left fielder in a ballpark with a very large left field. He's talking about essentially doing away with the second amendment. His has been opposed to the death penalty and held this position on campaign finance for a very long time.
I agree with Justice Stevens on gerrymandering. I would set up a Federal Congressional Districting Commission, for a lack of a better term, to review states' redistricting decisions. States could still draw their own U.S. House districts but could no longer draw them for partisan advantage.
There will be a future post on this blog about campaign finance with more detail, perhaps this week. Voters need, at the very least, to know where the money that is going to candidates is coming front so that they can make informed decisions about their representation in Congress. Congress should pass full-disclosure of all political contributions.
As a Liberal Democrat that the Second Amendment embodies the right to self-defense and the right to life. For that to mean anything, you have to have the right to protect your own life. So, I oppose any constitutional amendment that would empower the state, at any level, to prohibit gun ownership for adults.