Prisoner Michelle-Lael Norsworthy has been able to appeal her case all the way to a federal appeals court (“State fights transgender inmate’s surgery,” May 6). It has to have been an uphill battle, as the inmate in question is trying to get the state of California to pay for sexual reassignment surgery.
The federal judge, quoting the Eighth Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment), told California they had to do it. But the issue is still not resolved, as California is reluctant to pay for the procedure.
In my humble opinion, if Norsworthy were able to somehow bring the Second Amendment into the picture (the right to bear arms), the surgery would have been completed long ago.
Nothing brings money and attorneys to a cause better than guns. Let’s help the poor gal out and think of a way the right to bear arms could guarantee sexual reassignment surgery in the state prison system.
(Please note that my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek.)