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Scalia vs. Isabella Riley’s Extreme Views on Gun Control

Isabella Riley (@isabellarileyus), a self-described, “extremist”1 and Twitter influencer with over 20k followers, recently wrote a viral tweet2 on gun control.

See the tweet below.

Random People vs. Constitutional Scholars

It should be no surprise that random people on Twitter are rarely the best source of accurate information. The fact is that even conservative justices like Scalia would say that at least some gun control is constitutional.

Scalia’s Gun Control Comments

Scalia, while making a key defense of the 2nd Amendment in District of Columbia v. Heller, recognized the constitutionality of gun control,

“The Constitution leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns.”3

Scalia’s opinion continued, saying,

“Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”4

Opinion: Elevate the Debate

While there seem to be reasonable arguments on both sides of the gun control debate, this one from Isabella Riley doesn’t appear to make the cut. Even the most stanch 2nd Amendment defenders like Scalia recognized the constitutionality of at least some gun control laws.

  1. Her Twitter Bio reads: Liberty extremist. Capitalist. Paleolibertarian. Antifeminist |@NYYRC| Ambassador @TPUSA | Influencer @PragerU | IG: isabellarileyusa
  2. Isabella Riley Tweet Backup Archived
  3. Cornell Text of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER
  4. Supreme Court Official Website: District of Columbia v. Heller, emphasis added.

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