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Justice Stevens: You Have the ‘Constitutional Right’ to Call 911, Not to Own a Gun

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Justice Stevens: You Have the ‘Constitutional Right’ to Call 911, Not to Own a Gun

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says your right to self-defense in your own home should be limited to a cellphone “at your bedside.”

Stevens, 92, served on the Supreme Court for 35 years before retiring in 2010. A liberal jurist, Stevens wrote the dissenting opinions on both the 2008 Heller ruling and the 2010 McDonald decision, both of which were 5-4 affirmations that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s civil right to keep and bear arms.

As the guest speaker during an Oct. 15 luncheon hosted by the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, Stevens offered a suggestion to millions of Americans who legally keep a weapon in their home for self-defense.



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  1. kodster

    October 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I’d like to see how fast the police will arrive when Stevens’ home is broken into. He’s out of touch, and dementia has set in.

    • sn

      October 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Ask the judge if he’s ever been fired at or what would he do if someone broke into his home and had a gun or knife. You have the right to protect your family and yourself from someone breaking into your home. I guess the thing is if you shoot the perpetrator you MUST kill him to ensure your not sued.

      • Hammer

        October 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        To kill the invader to keep from winding up in a lawsuit is something that the Castle Doctrine Bill addresses. This portion of the bill states that the invader has NO rights to file suit due to language such as that he was their for No Good Reason. So far, i haven’t heard of anyone shooting and wounding an invader who was taken into court and sued for injuring the bad guy.
        Every state, that I am aware of, passed this doctrine bill when they passed the CCW bill. It was designed for our protection, not the bad guy’s. It was also designed to put the invaders on notice as well that we have the right to stand our ground.

        • Bandit

          November 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

          In CAL. they will not pass the castle doctrine, in fact the gov that we have is passing just about every anti gun bill that comes across his desk. If you even cause injury to an intruder here in CAL not only will the intruder sue you but so will the state.

          • sn

            November 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

            Sounds like a state that I would not want to live in unless I WAS a trespasser. And I suppose the intruder has all the right to kill you if you try to apprehend and detain. Must be the smog over there that has made their brain soft and malfunctioning.

        • MD shooter

          November 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

          Maryland routinely prosecutes those who protect their homes and businesses with firearms. Invaders also enjoy cash payouts if injured during their commision of said crimes. Lib land is not ruled by logic.

      • MontieR

        October 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        Seven rounds from a 45 or 12 from a Makarov your choice criminal. Either way I win.

        • BD Katt

          November 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

          I like my Ruger SRH spitting out saucer sized .44 mag hp @ 1400 fps

        • sn

          November 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

          My shotgun with a deer slugger barrel and buck shot 00. Don’t want to patch too many big holes…

    • mathis1689

      October 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      He’s living proof of the old saying that there’s no fool like an old fool.

  2. Old Retired Copper

    October 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Time to totter on off to obscurity…a lousy judge on the bench whose opinion matters even less now…

  3. antiliberalcryptonite

    October 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    When seconds matter, police are only minutes away.

    Several police depts. nationwide have announced that it not their job to protect citizens, only to investigate crime. That makes the citizen responsible for their own protection. Stevens is a m0r0n.

    • Tom K.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

      @ antiliberalcryptonite : The U.S. Supreme Court ruled years ago that the Police DO NOT have an obligation to protect any individual Citizen ! Here’s Your Sign ! Better Arm Up !

    • abiker

      November 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      A local mayor told the citizens “The police cannot protect you all the time. Buy a gun, learn to use it, and use it” The crime rate dropped…..

      “For those who fought for it, Freedom has a taste the protected will never know”

  4. Tom Stillings

    October 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    It’s a good thing that he retired. In his senility, he has obviously forgotten “Castle Rock v Gonzales” in which I believe he participated. The court (SCOTUS) ruled that (I paraphrase) :
    1. The police have no duty to any individual, only to the public at large.
    2. Personal self defense is the responsibility of the individual.

    Following his somewhat flawed thought process, one would conclude that we, who have thus far erroneously believed we were citizens with unalienable rights, are reduced to a state somewhat less than serfdom. Since the police have no duty to come to our aid, and the good justice would remove our most effective tool for self defense, we are little more than cattle, awaiting slaughter.
    Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. If nothing else, this comment serves as an abject lesson in the importance of electing a conservative president and a conservative senate.

    • Winston

      October 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Amen! Each citizen is protected by the Second Amendment to bear arms for self-defense protection and to “Stand Your Ground” against such criminals. I would not live in a State that restricts the individual citizen’s right to self-protection.

    • Garrey McVicker

      November 1, 2012 at 8:41 am


      • Tom K.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

        @ Garrey McVicker ; What ?

      • BD Katt

        November 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        Dead men cant sue!

    • Bandit

      November 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      When the police are only minutes away that will seem like hours or even days.

    • omg

      November 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Too bad that didn’t happen……

    • Poodleguy

      November 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Wish that you were right Tom, but that doddering old fool is still on the bench.

  5. Leon Berton

    October 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    There should not only be limits to 2 terms in any branch of government (House, Senate or Presidency), including any combination thereof; there also should a limit of appointments to the SCOTUS for only 2 Presidential terms or 8 years. Start making children learn the meaning and principles of the Constitution and other founding documents, along with our history, and the constant new blood in government will revitalize this republic.

    • Bandit

      November 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Problem is that when clinton was in office he had parts of the constitution rewritten behind closed doors. and obaboy has done the same thing.

  6. Anthony

    October 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Is he an idiot or senile?

    • Rumplestilskin

      October 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Yep, a person can sink into senility to such a degree that they essentially become an idiot !

    • mathis1689

      October 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm


  7. EnemyoftheState

    October 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    The man is an idiot.

    • mathis1689

      October 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      A complete and total idiot at that.

  8. Marlin208

    October 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    These idiots are making all the decisions in this country? They wouldn’t know a constitutional right if they fell over it. Seems to me they did the same thing with abortion, which BTW is unconstitutional to make me pay for them with my taxes. How many more of these idiots are we going to put on that court. Look what Roberts did to us.

  9. Luca Brasi

    October 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    This “Person” does NOT Deserve American Citizenship Papers , much less a Judgeship ! HOW did this Subversive , Liberal get on OUR Supreme court ???? On the court for Life ? …We can only hope his/its
    term is up S O O N !!!!!


    October 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    MY FELLOW AMERICANS:STEVENS should have not have been on the bench at all if He never realized that 911 is NOT in any way mentioned in the Constitution, 2nd. the average response for a 911 police call to be responded to is 23 minutes, the factual time of .357 is 1400 ft per second and then the 22 minute wait for the Police to arrive and save the day.,or do it as Stevens suggests, and in 23 minutes the Police can call the corenor and hall the Bodies away from the scene along with the Cell Phone,WHAT A DOORKNOB.!!!!!

  11. Mike_Sr

    October 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Easy to say with Federal Agents protection 24/7/366! Wuith a response time of, what 30 seconds?
    The average response time in my City is NLT five minutes! More than enough time to be cornered and murdered,
    Probably senile with Alzheimers!

    • montieR

      October 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Where I live I can see the police department, their response time 5 min, my response time up to 12 shots in 7 seconds. NO PERSON SHOULD BE IN MY HOME WITHOUT MY EXPRESS PERMITION and that includes the police..

      • Mike_Sr

        November 1, 2012 at 4:26 am

        AGREED! NLT means not less than… Which means I could empty my JHP mag and all four competition mags reload and do it again before their quickest response.
        Also agree about univited Police entry. there have been too many stories of home invaders dessing up as police or feds even with phony badges…
        No, if they have a warrant safest for all to get mye on the highway where I can visually identify who they are!
        Of course, they’ll never have a warrant for me untill and unless obummer gets reelected…

  12. Jim

    October 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hell, just throw your cellphone at the perp!!!!!! Doink-doink

  13. jake

    October 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    2nd amendment was to protect ourselves from not just criminals and burglars, but, government itself. the british tried to confiscate our weapons prior to the revolution. that was the last straw

  14. regulus30

    October 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    and this old chichiruan has the right to die with out some one helping him………

  15. PWR

    October 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Do you really want anymore of these on the SCOTUS??? If not, you better support Mr. Romney in this election because this is exactly the kind of Anti-American, Constitution Hateing, Leftest Nutjob That Obama will appoint!! This man has an ID10T Problem!!

  16. LLinLa

    October 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    How do these “intellectuals” get out of college? What part of “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” do these self-righteous idiots not understand? And if you read Jefferson: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those
    who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
    Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better
    for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage then
    to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked
    with greater confidence than an armed man.”

    — Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist
    Cesare Beccaria in “On Crimes and Punishment”, 1764

    There was a legitimate reason the forefathers put this clause in the US Constitution.

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and
    bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in

    — Thomas Jefferson

    If the shoe fits, you know where it belongs, Justice Stevens. So sit down slowly . . . and shut your trap!

    • Bandit

      November 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject.

  17. DaveO

    October 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Good thing this idiot is retired. Now if only he would beat himself to death with his cellphone.

  18. Harold L Raymond III

    October 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    This nation and the people’s rights will only be restored when the people are willing to kill to defend them. Until then, the tyrranny will continue…

    • Bandit

      November 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      If what we have in the oval office is there for another term then this country will have a real crises. He will declare himself the ruler of this country and make himself a dictator over this nation.

  19. Harold L Raymond III

    October 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    The only way this nation will ever be restored is the same way it was founded: With a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, by FELONS, Men Of Honor one and ALL. In the name of Jesus, in defence of Freedom, Liberty, and Justice for ALL!!! NOT just those who can afford to have their cases dismissed.

  20. Ejay

    October 31, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Cell phones don’t shoot bullets (YET)… 911 is useless in many cases other then to bring a body bag for you because you were not armed!!!

  21. Mike Travis

    October 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Rhonda. Don’t make excuses for him as he knew exactly what he was saying and what he meant. He is a diehard ideologue who would rather see America destroyed than sacrifice his beliefs. He does not therefore belong in a nursing home for dementia patients. He belongs on a gallows reserved for traitors.

  22. jimmy john

    October 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    i think he need a wake up call like about 2:00 am

  23. Winston

    October 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    It is amazing that this so-called “legal mind” so poorly interprets the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Such an idiot deserves to have his home invaded by criminals to get a first hand experience what it means NOT to defend yourself. What’s he going to do, throw his cell phone at them then wait for the police to call Emergency Responders to bring a body bag for him?

  24. Rumplestilskin

    October 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Thank god that moron is not still serving. Our rights come from God, not any assortment of men who believe they have the right to determine our rights, no matter how righteous they would like to believe they are !!!

  25. Tom Umland

    October 31, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Justice Stevens,

    From my stiff cold fingers! Molon labe!
    And I hope you, justice Stevens, lead the team to enforce the warrant

  26. CaptTurbo

    October 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    The best thing about that old anti-American goat is that he’s 92 and will not be a bother for much longer.

  27. USPatriotOne

    October 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    The end is near. We all need to listen to the “Patriot Report” by Dr. Michael Williams on He has the real handle on what is going on in this Nation. God help us all, PLEASE!

  28. Silas Longshot

    October 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Good thing this liberal mush head is no longer on the bench. The SCOTUS is absoluelty one of the positions of power in this country that should NOT be allowed to be appointed for LIFE by some scumwad leftist president with a socialist, anti-gun rights agenda. These ‘judges’ should be appointed by the PEOPLE, voting them in just as local and state level judges recieve their positions. And by NO MEANS should they be there for 20 years, term limits here as well as congress and the senate.

  29. watchdogman

    October 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Now I know who I can rob!!! No gun in the home! Thanks Judge!

  30. MontieR

    October 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    One of the best ones I have hear yet is. This guy shoots a burgler 7 times and the judge asks him why he shot him 7 times and he says because when I pulled the trigger the 8th time it went click.

  31. southrngent1

    October 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    like Forrest Gump said “Stupid is as stupid does” and Stevens is the epitome of STUPID

  32. OutdoorFrontiers

    October 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I think I have the Constitutional Right to shoot your dumb butt if you break into my house or mess with my wife and children. I don’t care what any judge says, I’ll take my chances with a jury…

  33. malcolm7172

    October 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    This is another idiot like Jimmy Carter. Liberal has beens

  34. $22639970

    October 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Another senile old Marxist f*** who’s outlived his usefulness.

  35. gmhunt4

    October 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Be nice when he is taken to the “nut” house where he belongs.

  36. James

    October 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The average response time for a 911 call is 23 minutes.
    The reponse time for a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

  37. Fred_K

    October 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    “When seconds count the police are just minutes away.” They do not have to put themselves in harms way if they choose not to. (see District of Columbia). The Brady Campaign just wants someone to tell them what they want to hear, and this old fart will do that. He needs to retire from public life, and crawl into a hole. His view is distorted by his charmed life. He needs to experience some real life on the streets of the big city.

  38. 2War Abn Vet

    October 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Apparently the Honorable Justice never read or understood the Constitution. Based on many of his rulings, that is a possibility.

  39. Debbie Jessup

    October 31, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Thank God he’s retired.

  40. Vlad Tepes

    November 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

    There ya go, another liberal bringing a cell phone to a gunfight.
    As a retired police sergeant, I can tell you a bullet responds much faster than the police.

  41. prescreener

    November 1, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Screw Stevens. That’s what happens when you become old and senile.

  42. Catrina

    November 1, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Sure glad he’s retired…

  43. Garrey McVicker

    November 1, 2012 at 8:36 am


  44. brabbie2002

    November 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    If I waited for the cops to get here, I would be dead. Everyone where I live knows the response time and tote weapons. If the senile judges and liberals don’t like it, send them a message they can come and try to take it or pay for a personal body guard! So, tell me, does this goofy old man, if confronted by an armed burglar, have enough sense or the where with all to call 911? Or would he be just another statistic?

  45. Tom K.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’ll bet that ole’ poot has a big Magnum on his bedside table. ” Call 9-11; When Seconds count, the Police are only Minuyes Away “. Obama would appoint more of these knucklehead that are trying to make U.S. more like europe ! Romney will appoint some Constitution Loving Americans to the Court. The Freedom Choice is quite simple.

  46. Cincitiger

    November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Stevens is getting old and senile and I hope that President Romney (G-d willing) will replace this pig with a real justice.

  47. Outlw3

    November 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I am Guessing he does not Know what the Constitutuion Says and God help them if they try to take them Away……………Just Sayin

  48. john a.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Senility has definitely set in on this gentlemen. Or he has just lost his mind at this age.

  49. bayman61

    November 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I do not understand why they concentrate their efforts on those who legally own a gun and bother no one and not those that use a gun illegally. Why not make harsher penalties on those who have commited a gun crime. What ever happened to hard labor?

  50. bayman61

    November 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

    He needs to be commited to a home.

  51. kletzenklueffer

    November 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I don’t need a “justice” or a government employee to tell me what my rights are. They’re rights and were not given to me by association with a bureacratic device, but by my creator. I don’t care if “5 to 4” decided I had them or 0 to 100 decided that I don’t have the right. My trigger finger agrees with me.

    • Mike11C

      November 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I’m with you there. If they want them, they’re going to have to come and take them. And, there will be a fight if they try.

  52. fliteking

    November 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I think his years of giving “sage advice” are over.

  53. Ken

    November 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Stevens is just one more “left wing loon”!!!

  54. B.f. Caffrey

    November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Stevens is right – you have a right NOT to own a gun. But that does not negate the plain meaning of the 2nd Amendment that the government has no power to prohibit or ban gun ownership. Just because HE sees no need to own guns, he thinks that’s the end of the discussion. It seems that the more educated some folks are, the more they think their opinions should count much more than others. Our society is a violent one, what with drug abusers, alcoholics, haters, racists, over-prescribed psychiatric drugs and criminals who could care less about consequences. If we were to ban guns our crime rate would skyrocket as thugs turned to edged weapons and blunt instruments to commit their crimes. My trusted .38 has never killed anyone and hopefully never will. I consider it like a life-vest. It’s a life-saving device that can save my life, or that of my wife, child, neighbor, friend and possibly even the criminal.

  55. Shavager

    November 2, 2012 at 12:19 am

    What’s amazing is how DUMB he is on the Supreme Court’s view on the 2nd Amendment–he simply will not admit since it’s inception in 1789, the U.S. Supreme Court has NEVER ruled against the 2nd Amendment being a Constitutional RIGHT!! HISTORY of the Court is against Stevens, itself. On top of that, the 14th Amendment enforces that right against state governments trying to obstruct citizen’s rights: Section 1 of the 14th Amend: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Stevens needs to bow out and GET OUT of our 2nd Amendment rights–44 of U.S. states have the 2nd Amendment ADOPTED IN THEIR STATE CONSTITUTIONS.

  56. TM

    November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    That piece of crap was dead from the neck up when he was appointed, may he reach room temperature real soon at the hands of someone breaking into his house and making him die slow waiting on 911 to respond.

  57. Scooter Orsburn

    November 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    This old Fool has obviously taken leave of his senses .Senility , no doubt , Has to be declared incompetent and removed from the bench …….. immediatly !

  58. John Goult

    November 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    X-justest Stevens is another of the Useful Fools that Uncle Joe liked! If you think he is/was bad, look at the two Witches the 1/2 white guy had put on the SCOTUS last time. Waite till the next two step down! Then there will NO longer be a Supreme Court to look to!

    America Died on 11-6-2012! America that once was the Land of Freemen, is now a “land of (men) who look for FREE! May our GOD Forgive them, for they know not what they have done. And Surely, let them know, that I Will Never Forgive or FORGET! U.S.N.

  59. BD Katt

    November 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Sumbitch never read the 2nd amendment

  60. Bobbi Sue Myles

    November 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

    only the truly liberal wet brained adled and dementia patients would believe that calling 911 will have the police there to prevent your death when time to break down a door 1 to 2 minutes, response time to a 911 emergency call avg. 45 minutes = your dead for 43 minutes before the police arrive. time to place 10 rounds in an intruders chest 15 seconds. i’ll take the option of placing 10 rounds making a pot of coffee and calling back telling them not to hurry and to bring a meat wagon as well

  61. Poodleguy

    November 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Justice Stevens is a senile old fart that will be replaced by the obamaliar during the next term & thankfully, he’ll be hard put to find someone more liberal than that ass is!!!!

  62. Sarah Conner

    November 16, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Where I come from , we dial 9-1-1 …after the smoke clears…

  63. Z

    November 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Justice Stevens, you have the right to kiss my ass!

  64. Poodleguy

    November 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Senility is an ugly thing, is it not??? When this old fool either dies or retires from the SCOTUS, I doubt that the obamaliar will find anyone more liberal & stupid as this traitor to our Constitution & the same goes for the bi itch former ACLU top lawyer, Ruth Bader Ginsberg!!!!! As long as Scalia, Roberts, Alito, Thomas stay healthy & on the bench until 2016, whoever BO nominates won’t affect the majority opinions of the court – I hope & pray!!!

  65. Poodleguy

    November 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    “A well regulated” means in the lexicon of the times means “well trained” “militia” refers to a pool of men between the ages of 17 & 45 to be drawn upon in case of a national emergency & not the Nat’l Guard like the anti 2nd Amendment bozos want us to believe – you see the Guard did not exist in 1789 when the Bill of Rights was ratified. “Being necessary to the security of a free state” means just what it says & needs no clarification. “The right of the people” means that it is a God given right, not given by any government & “the people” is found in 5 of the original 10 Amendments to the Constitution, aka the Bill of Rights & it refers to the general population. “to keep & bear” means to OWN & CARRY, “arms” means any firearm capable of use by an individual. “Shall not be infringed!” which means that the gov’t cannot change one bit of the meaning of the 2nd Amendment, even tho many states & cities have been violating our Constitutional rights for far too long! Stand @ the ready!!!!!!

  66. John Brashear

    November 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Justice Stevens needs to be removed from office immediately, , he has forgotten the meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment, “Being Necessary for the Security of a Free State”, and he seems to have also forgotten , “Judges are appointed for periods of Good Behavior”….NOT lifetime as some want us to believe…Article 3 US Constitution The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services aCompensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

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