Friday, February 15, 2002

Ohio University's Student Senate recently passed a resolution banning all firearms from campus. Fair enough. But the resolution was challenged by the Second Amendment Club on the grounds that it violated their civil liberties. Again, fair enough. That's why these student groups exist, so the members can practice debating each other before they get out in the real world.
The only problem is that Larry Hayman, Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Union of Ohio University, stated in a letter that the Second Amendment only granted a right for states to form militias. Not only was no individual right even implied, but to "argue otherwise would be foolish".
Unfortunately for Mr. Hayman the Fifth Circuit Court recently handed down a decision in U.S. vs Emerson that very decisively stated that the Second Amendment did indeed grant an individual right.

Maybe it's just me, but I thought Executive Directors of Civil Liberty Unions should know a little law before they get the job.