All of the attention given on the attacks by the Congress on “…the right of the People to keep and bear Arms,” has been focused on “firearms.” Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah even discussed with Sonya Sotomeyer her stance on the issue during recent Senate confirmation hearings.
Yet this “staunch supporter” of Second Amendment rights does not seem to get it. His name was recently added as a cosponsor to Amendment No. 1447 which unanimously passed the Senate to be added to H.R. 2892, the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. This amendment, submitted by Republicrat from Texas John Cornyn, would make criminals of an estimated 8 of 10 Americans who now legally own spring-assisted opening knives.
This amendment, when passed with the Department of Homeland Security funding, will redefine “switchblade” knives as “a knife that contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife.”
Senator Orrin G. Hatch chaired the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, in 1982, which resulted in Senate Document 2807. In this document, he noted the words of William Rawle from Rawle’s book, A View of the Constitution of the United States, “The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by a rule of construction be conceived to give to Congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.” Rawle’s reference is applied even to the “Interstate Commerce Clause.”
Many public school children have been erroneously taught that arms in the Second Amendment is related to “firearms.” Even new speak dictionaries use some form of the phrase “especially firearms” when defining the word arms. Even though everyone agrees that with this narrow definitions of arms your rights are under attack. The word arms, however, does not relate to simply firearms, guns, pistols, rifles, handguns, and whatever demonizing name you put on it. Arms are any device used for defense or attack.
In reality, switchblade or automatic knives are fully protected under the Second Amendment. It is apparent by this legislation that Republicans are no more interested in protecting your rights than Democrats.