Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- There is probably no federal district court in the country which is more important than the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in downtown Manhattan.
So when a nominee with a real anti-gun history is nominated for that court, gun owners need to sit up and take notice.
In particular, on Friday morning, February 17, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will force a vote on the nomination of Jesse M. Furman to a lifetime appointment on the Southern District court.
Furman has all of the usual liberal views that frequently go hand-in-hand with advocacy of gun control.
But what caught our attention was an article he wrote, admittedly when he was younger, entitled “Bang bang you’re dead. The NRA supplied the lead.”
Let us entertain you with some of Furman’s views, stated in that article:
- “Probably the best explanation for the amount of violent crime in the United States is its fascination with guns.”
- “A second pressing issue is related to semiautomatic weapons – military assault guns [sic] that are easily converted to automatic fully automatic weapons [sic].”
- “There is no reason that gun owners should not be required to register their guns.”
We find it hard to believe that, once on the bench for a lifetime appointment, Furman would not attempt to achieve gun bans and gun registration by judicial fiat.
Well, says Furman, he was young and stupid when he wrote that article. And we certainly agree with that.
But there is not a scintilla of evidence that Furman’s views have changed over the years.
We have dealt with judicial nominees before (like Sonia Sotomayor) who argue that their writings are not reflective of their views. And, once confirmed, they always return to their previously-held positions.
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