"During a town hall meeting in northwestern New Hampshire last week, presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani told a former police office:
"You have a constitutional right, that is protected, to bear and carry arms. It is the Second Amendment. If someone disagrees with that, you have to get the Constitution changed."
Since Mr. Giuliani is a former federal prosecutor and these individuals' knowledge of the Constitution appears to be limited to reading court cases, the author decided to use a United States Supreme Court case to show prospective voters, who care about gun rights, that Giuliani is totally ignorant of the nature of the Second Amendment.In 1875, in the case of United States v Cruikshank, 92 US 542 (1876), the Supreme Court ruled that the rights enumerated in the First and Second Amendments were not granted by the Constitution and were not dependent upon the Constitution for their existence."
This is something Rudy does time and again. He is incapable of understanding that these were not rights granted the people, but rights the people came into being WITH. Changing the Constitution is therefore impossible, as to do so would require changing the very fabric of the society the Founders created. Americans do not NEED permission from ANY document to comport themselves as Americans.
That's sort of what the whole deal was about to begin with.