Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) released the following statement following the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments:
"The Supreme Court's decision today reinforces the power and vitality of our Constitution as a bulwark against the encroachment by government on our fundamental rights, including the right to keep and bear arms. As Americans, the protection of our Constitutional rights shouldn't depend on which state or which city we reside in. Today's decision reflects what the Supreme Court and the legal system is supposed to be all about: strictly interpreting the words of the Constitution, not bending them or deviating them for ideological or political ends.
"I am disappointed that President Obama's first appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor, joined the dissent in trampling this important right today, after previously claiming to understand the right the court upheld in the Heller case. I hope that as the Senate reviews the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Senators will be sure to discern exactly where she stands on the plain words of the Constitution."