For 10 years US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sat silently during oral arguments. Surely the Guinness Book of World Records should take note of this rare and strange occurrence. The legal profession is not generally known for silence! Was this because Justice Thomas simply could not get a word in edgeways? Was Justice Thomas jumping in to lay claim to the empty air space left by the untimely demise of Justice Scalia? Apparently so on all counts. In 2009 Justice Thomas stated “I think there are far too many questions. I prefer to listen and think it through more quietly.”
So, you might ask what urged him to speak after all this time? The issue at hand was whether or not domestic abusers should lose gun rights and Justice Thomas asked: “Can you give me another area where a misdemeanor suspends a constitutional right?”
Does this mean that if a golfer relieves himself on the course, which is a misdemeanor, as most golfers do, and is given a fine by Barney Fyfe, he can never obtain a gun permit in the future to protect his property and family? Apparently, it could. Those of us who are golfers are very grateful that Justice Thomas finally broke his silence and brought this to our attention. So, to protect your constitutional right to bear arms you might have to bite the bullet and hold it in!