I despise all those who proved to be racists when it came to Sotomayor, and will soon post the names of those who people in high positions who offened the Hispanic community so horribly. BUT!!
I seriously didn't like Sotomayor's explanation, or rather, lack of explanation, when asked if citizens have a right to self-defense. Her going round and round on the question sounded very strange for a woman who grew up in projects. Am I reading her correctly? Is she saying that if we shoot and kill in self-defense an intruder (stranger) inside our home, we will be in a pickle of trouble with the law?! I think so, and I hope she loses the U.S. Supreme Court position! Or has she already won the position?
Coburn had asked, "As a citizen of this country, do you believe innately in my ability to have self-defense of myself (personal) self-defense? Do I have a right to personal self-defense?"
In reply, Sotomayor said that, "I’m trying to think if I remember a case where the Supreme Court has addressed that particular question. Is there a constitutional right to self-defense? And I can’t think of one. I could be wrong, but I can’t think of one.” She then went on to explain that self-defense rights are usually defined by state law."
Unsatisfied, Coburn continued, "But do you have an opinion, of whether or not in this country I personally, as an individual citizen, have a right to self-defense?”
Sotomayor responded, "I – as I said, I don’t know."
Later in the exchange, Coburn said, "I wasn’t asking about the legal question. I’m asking your personal opinion."
"But that is an abstract question with no particular meaning to me," Sotomayor relied.
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