August 1, 2012
Scalia on the Road: “I express myself vividly.”
HOST CHRIS WALLACE: What about… a weapon that can fire a hundred shots in a minute?
SCALIA: We’ll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided.
WALLACE: How do you decide that if you’re a textualist?
SCALIA: Very carefully.
With the SCOTUS term over, the once camera shy Justice Scalia is making the media rounds. See Me? Cantankerous? Scalia Says It Isn’t True, Needles Posner in Defense of Immigration Dissent by Debra Cassens Weiss on ABAJ News. See also, just for an example, the NBC coverage of the same Fox News interview, Justice Scalia steps up criticism of healthcare ruling ("I haven't decided when to retire," Scalia told the "Fox News Sunday" program. "... My wife doesn't want me hanging around the house - I know that.").
Do note that the Fox interview starts off with Scalia pitching explaining his new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. Apparently this isn't a topic that is too dull to be televised to the American public. No word on whether Justice Scalia plans to make an appearance on the Colbert Report to promote his new book.
The video of the interview can be found in the Fox News article, Scalia opens door for gun-control legislation, extends slow burning debate. Immigration, healthcare, gun control and originialism all in one interview! [JH]