The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 1, 2013

Wrong way to defend legislation


Daily Item

---- — I am sorry to see that 47 members of the Pennsylvania House have chosen to ignore their oath to "support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States" by sponsoring House Bill 357. This bill would nullify any new Federal laws which might —¦restrict or ban the ownership or purchase of a firearm…."

Nothing in the Constitution supports the theory of nullification and, in fact, there are plenty of judicial rulings which deny states that ability. The Constitution makes absolutely clear in Article VI that "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United…shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."

I support the Second Amendment and see the political advantage to the House members who jump on this bandwagon. There is, however, a correct way to stop unconstitutional infringements of the Bill of Rights and that is to challenge any such laws in court. House Bill 357 may make for good publicity and feel-good legislation, but it is the wrong way to defend the Second Amendment.

William Fisher, Watsontown