One of the leading sports brands paid a beautiful tribute to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was staunch hunter and Second Amendment advocate.
Much like the political realm, hunters and shooting sports advocates are mourning the tragic untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia passed away on Saturday at a luxury West Texas ranch. He was 79.
Mossy Oak took it to social media on President’s Day to pay a beautiful tribute to the jurist, who was also a tireless advocate for gun rights and hunting on the bench. Here’s what they wrote about Scalia’s legacy and love of hunting on Facebook:
One of Scalia’s most hallmark decisions applauded by gun rights advocates came with the D.C. v. Heller ruling on June 27, 2008. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns. It was the first case of its kind to affirm the Second Amendment as a right for individuals to own firearms for self-protection.
“We hold that the District’s ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote.
The Second Amendment, Scalia said, “surely elevates above all other interests the right of law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.”
Justice Scalia even took his fellow justices—most recently his ideological opposite Justice Elena Kagan—hunting. This snippet from a 2013 interview with New York Magazine perfectly highlights the late jurist’s love of hunting:
You know, it may be genetic. My grandfather—my namesake, his name is Antonino—he was an avid hunter. He used to disappear for a week—his family would be very upset—because he’d be off in the hills of Sicily, hunting. My last memories of him were—we had a bungalow, which he had built out on Long Island, back in the days when Long Island was really the country. I went in the woods hunting rabbits with him—there’s a photo of me holding a rabbit and his twelve-gauge shotgun. Then he got too old to go in the woods, but my uncle Frank had a large vegetable garden, and my grandfather would sit on the back porch of this bungalow, holding his twelve-gauge shotgun, and would wait for the rabbits to come to him in the vegetable garden. Boom! He would shoot them there.
Mossy Oak was founded as branded camouflage and outdoor lifestyle company in West Point, Mississippi, in 1986. They are one of the most popular brands out there today.
The country lost a freedom fighter in Justice Scalia. Let’s hope his legacy of promoting strict constitutionalism, especially with respect to the Second Amendment, continues on.