The Supreme Court just sent conservatives into an uproar the likes of which we haven’t seen since they legalized gay marriage one year ago today.
On the one year anniversary of the decision that made Kim Davis famous for being an intolerant bigot, the Supreme Court has done the same for a Maine man looking to have his right to have a gun restored. Steven Voisine, a convicted domestic abuser, can now be the poster boy for Conservatives across the country who think guns solve violence — even domestic violence.
Stephen Voisine pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in 2004 against a girlfriend. Five years later, he was investigated for shooting a bald eagle and as part of the investigation he turned over a firearm to authorities.
After reviewing his criminal record, Voisine was then charged with unlawful possession of a firearm pursuant to a federal law which makes it unlawful for a person who has been convicted of a ‘misdemeanor crime of domestic violence’ to possess a firearm or ammunition.
Lawyers for Voisine argued that his misdemeanor offense did not rise to the level to trigger the federal law.The justices agreed to take the case to interpret the reach of a federal statute. But Justice Clarence Thomas during oral arguments was also interested in the 2nd Amendment implications, breaking in to ask a series of questions for the first time in 10 years during oral arguments.
Poor Clarence Thomas. Without Scalia there to do his job for him he actually had to ask his own dumb 2nd amendment questions when the federal law is clear: No guns for domestic abusers.