Antonin Scalia

Second Amendment is about service to country, not hardware

World War II had been over just a few months when the former Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, William M. Tuck, was inaugurated as its 55th governor. An ardent segregationist, he was soon confronted by another anathema: unions.

The employees of the Virginia Power and Electric Company (today Dominion Energy Virginia) were threatening to strike as part of their unionization campaign. The governor, in turn, threatened to draft any striking workers into the Virginia Unorganized Militia [Section 44, Code of Virginia] which included all able-bodied Virginians between ages 18 and 60. Both sides reached a compromise, and this unique form of union-busting was never put...