Brad Johnson: Constitutional Scholar

Brad Johnson at Work Stunning news from the mind of Brad Johnson: Montana either should have or could have or did secede from the United States in 1939, when the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Miller that the right to own guns was subject to a two-part test: the type of weapon and its connection to a legitimate militia function.

Fortunately, wiser heads than the one possessed by Mr. Johnson did not conclude that day, nor in the intervening 70 years, that the Supreme Court decision  invalidated Montana’s entry into the United States. According to a recent letter and legal brief, Secretary of State Johnson thinks we all ought to get ready for secession if the Supreme Court does not rule “correctly” in the upcoming Heller v. Washington D.C case.

Johnson’s letter, submitted to the Washington Times, is an embarrassment to the state. In terms of syntax and logic, it makes so little sense that Johnson comes across as an illiterate hillbilly, holed up with Johnny Reb, still fighting the War of Northern Aggression, desperately clinging to his guns. In the often over-heated and anti-intellectual debate about gun control, Johnson’s argument stands out as a towering monument to logical fallacies and absurd hyperbole.

It’s understandable that Mr. Johnson wants to pander to his base with a largely self-serving, public relations driven reminder that he’s pro-gun. Is it too much to ask that when he does his purely political work on the dime of Montana taxpayers that he construct a logical, well-written argument?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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