February 22, 2013

JAMES TARANTO: Massive Resistance Redux: A Chicago official’s bizarre and wrongheaded constitutional theory.

In the 1950s, Democratic politicians in Virginia, led by Sen. Harry Byrd Sr., undertook an effort called “massive resistance.” Through various legislative and administrative means, they sought to circumvent the mandate for school integration that the Supreme Court had issued in the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education.

Similar stirrings can be heard today in Illinois–specifically, from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, which prosecutes crimes in Chicago. At issue is not the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection before the law, but the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms.

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