One of the more useless bits of gun-nut flotsam gurgling around Pierre went down the drain last week. Senate Joint Resolution 3 would have put to voters the following change to Article VI, Section 24 of our state constitution:
§ 24. The fundamental right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied infringed. Any restriction of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.
Adding fundamental has about the same practical impact as putting right in bold print. A good lawyer should be able to argue that infringing your right to bear arms is the same as denying it. And I would assume that if we're all doing our jobs, the Attorney General, the courts, and the press are already subjecting restrictions of rights to strict scrutiny.
Senate State Affairs voted Wednesday to kill this time-wasting word game 7–1. Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson (R-8/Wentworth) cast the only vote for SJR 3. That's Senator Russell Olson, who has often intoned that he doesn't go to Pierre to write a whole bunch of new legislation that we don't need.