Right Analysis

Profiles of Valor: U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Marshall

U.S. Army Sergeant Benjamin Marshall was on a house-clearing mission in Tharthar, Iraq, in July 2006 when he and two fellow soldiers came under enemy fire. The two men on point were Staff Sergeant Christopher Schroeder and Sergeant William Wills. Schroeder was hit with two AK-47 rounds in the surprise attack and along with Wills he took cover in a room of the farmhouse. Marshall and the Iraqi interpreter managed to get out of the house unseen, but Marshall knew his comrades were in trouble without his help.

July 11, 2010

Supreme Court Upholds Second Amendment Rights

The United States Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling today that the Second Amendment does, in fact, mean what it says -- even in Chicago -- and guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. The case at hand was McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which the plaintiff sought to overturn Chicago's blanket ban on handguns.

The Amendment reads, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The Chicago ban clearly infringed on that right.

June 28, 2010

Anchors Away

Borrowing a line from the '70s hit movie "Network," the people of Arizona are apparently "mad as hell and [they're] not going to take it anymore," as far as illegal immigration is concerned. On the heels of Arizona's controversial immigration law is proposed legislation from Arizona state senator Russell Pearce that would block the children of illegal immigrants -- so-called "anchor babies" -- from becoming citizens, even though born in the United States. Explaining his rationale, Pearce stated, "This is an orchestrated effort by [illegal immigrants] to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we've created."

June 17, 2010

Profiles in Valor: U.S. Army Spec. Marion Pettus

Army Specialist Marion Pettus III was part of a combat patrol in Baghdad when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated near his team. Pettus, a medic with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, responded to an Iraqi who had been hit. "We were rolling through a route called 'Screaming Lady' and we got hit with an IED. I saw a local [Iraqi] go down and called it out," Pettus said. "My section sergeant decided to turn the patrol around, so we went back and dismounted."

June 6, 2010