In a surprising turnabout, the Supreme Court ruled that every citizen has the right to bear arms. What did not get as much press was the fine print in the decision. The ruling would make owning bullets illegal.
Activist Justice Antonin Scalia, legislating from the bench, said, “The Second Amendment merely states, ‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. ’ The constitution clearly gives citizens the right to bear arms.
"That being said, however, it does not, in any way, shape, or form, give anyone the right to bear bullets. As it turns out, bullets are even deadlier than guns.
"Guns don't kill people; bullets kill people. Banning bullets would go a long way in creating a less violent, kinder-gentler society, and that is change we can all believe in. "
Of course, when the Constitution was framed, bullets had not even been invented. At the time, arms were limited to black powder and musket shot.
Said Justice Clarence Thomas, “The lack of foresight on the part of the Framers to anticipate contemporary technological innovation is what calls for the Constitution to be reinterpreted. The Founding Fathers were not as infallible as we are, and that is why we are correcting the error of their words. "
Chief Justice “Long John" Roberts chimed in, saying: “Brandishing an unloaded weapon has the same deterrent effect as a loaded gun. Besides which, it would eliminate smoking guns, for once and for all. "
Opponents of the ruling marched outside the Supreme Court House. Code Pink protesters carried signs that read, “When bullets are outlawed, only outlaws will have bullets. "
A compromise to allow the sale of blank cartridges was struck down by a 5-4 vote along party lines.