Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday in his room at a luxury resort in West Texas. The Supreme Court Justice was one of the top Constitutional Conservatives on the bench, and was often the deciding vote in favor of the 2nd amendment and other important constitutional issues.
Justice Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in September 1986. He was considered to be one of the most influential conservative constitutionalists on the court. His death could swing the balance of the court, causing many to worry about the future of not only our 2nd amendment rights, but all of our other constitutional rights as well.
Scalia was the longest serving justice on the Supreme Court, and was considered to be a strict originalist.
He described his views on the originalism:
The theory of originalism treats a constitution like a statute, and gives it the meaning that its words were understood to bear at the time they were promulgated. You will sometimes hear it described as the theory of original intent. You will never hear me refer to original intent, because as I say I am first of all a textualist, and secondly an originalist. If you are a textualist, you don’t care about the intent, and I don’t care if the framers of the Constitution had some secret meaning in mind when they adopted its words. I take the words as they were promulgated to the people of the United States, and what is the fairly understood meaning of those words.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the death of the Supreme Court justice in a written statement:
“Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans. We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
Justice Scalia was staying at a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in the Big Bend region of Texas just south of the town of Marfa.
A federal official who asked not to be named said there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes. An investigation into the death of Justice Scalia is being conducted by the U.S. Marshal Service, the sheriff’s office in Presidio County, Texas and the FBI.