Senate Hearings Begin on Radical Anti-Gun Pick for Supreme Court

Senate Hearings Begin on Radical Anti-Gun Pick for Supreme Court
Will yesterday’s Chicago ruling hurt Kagan’s chances?

Gun Owners of America
Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- The hearings on Elena Kagan — President Obama’s radical pick to join the U.S. Supreme Court — began yesterday.

This is a VERY IMPORTANT battle that gun owners must fight, as evidenced by the slim victory in the McDonald v. Chicago case that was handed down by the high Court yesterday.

Kagan doesn’t have a record of judicial opinions, but her views on the Second Amendment are no mystery:

  • Kagan drafted a directive in favor of a semi-automatic import ban while serving in the Clinton administration;
  • As a law clerk, she advised against allowing the Supreme Court to hear arguments in Sandidge v. United States that the D.C. gun ban was unconstitutional;
  • Kagan was also part of the Clinton team that pushed the firearms industry to include gun locks with all gun purchases and was in the Clinton administration when the president pushed legislation that would close down gun shows; and
  • Just today, Kagan gave a hint to her true colors. When asked a simple question by Senator Grassley of Iowa — does the Second Amendment codify a pre-existing right from God or is it a right created by the Constitution? — Kagan looked like a deer caught in the headlights. After an awkward pause, she said: “I’ve never considered that question.”

Yikes… the Supreme Court is no place for on-the-job training!

While two key Republican senators (Kyl and McConnell) had previously indicated that there would not be a filibuster of her nomination, Sen. McConnell seemed to open the door yesterday for such an action.

That’s why all Senators (especially the Republicans!) need to hear from you during this confirmation battle.

Note: Bill Olson, the Gun Owners Foundation attorney who spearheaded our amicus brief before the Court in the Chicago case, is scheduled to testify before the Judiciary Committee in opposition to Elena Kagan later this week.

By the way, Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation last year should now shed some important light on the Kagan hearings. McDonald v. Chicago is the first Second Amendment case that Sotomayor has dealt with as a Supreme Court Justice.

It’s no surprise that she joined the anti-gun dissenters, but it highlights what a sham the judicial hearings are — and how Senators should put no stock in a nominee’s responses.

On July 14 of last year, Sotomayor was asked by Sen. Pat Leahy during the confirmation hearings:

“Is it safe to say that you accept the Supreme Court’s Decision [in Heller] as establishing that the Second Amendment right is an individual right? Is that correct?”

Sotomayor responded: “Yes, Sir.” In other words, she affirmed with her response that the right to keep and bear arms was a fundamental, individual right.

But then contrast this to the Chicago case where Sotomayor joined the dissent in stating:

“I can find nothing in the Second Amendment’s text, history, or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as ‘fundamental’ insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes.”

Most people would say she lied to Senator Leahy and said whatever she needed to say to get confirmed… which is why Senators need to HEAVILY LOOK at Kagan’s record, not only in what she might say during these hearings.

ACTION: Please… please… please… contact your Senators and urge them to oppose Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court.

You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send a pre-written message to your Senators.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Senator:

I urge you to oppose and FILIBUSTER Elena Kagan’s nomination! Not based on what she says during these hearings, but based on what she has already done. Kagan may not have a record of judicial opinions, but her anti-gun views are no mystery:

* Kagan helped draft a directive in favor of a semi-automatic import ban while serving in the Clinton administration;

* As a law clerk, she advised against allowing the Supreme Court to hear arguments in Sandidge v. United States that the D.C. gun ban was unconstitutional; and

* Kagan was also part of the Clinton team that pushed the firearms industry to include gun locks with all gun purchases and was in the Clinton administration when the president pushed legislation that would close down gun shows.

This is what she has done. What she might say to earn Senate approval is almost completely irrelevant. Consider that on July 14 of last year, Sonia Sotomayor was asked by Sen. Pat Leahy during the confirmation hearings: “Is it safe to say that you accept the Supreme Court’s decision [in Heller] as establishing that the Second Amendment right is an individual right? Is that correct?”

Sotomayor responded: “Yes, Sir.” In other words, she affirmed with her response that the right to keep and bear arms was a fundamental, individual right. But in the Chicago ruling from June 28, Sotomayor joined the dissent in stating:

“I can find nothing in the Second Amendment’s text, history, or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as ‘fundamental’ insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes.”

Most people would say she lied to Senator Leahy and said whatever she needed to say to get confirmed… which is why Senators need to LOOK CLOSELY at Kagan’s record, not what she might blabber during these hearings.

Please oppose the Kagan nomination.

Sincerely,

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Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585
FAX: 703-321-8408
www.gunowners.org

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David Fraley

Mayor Daley sites horror stories of people who were hurt by guns in his town as a reason to ban guns. He fails to point out that these happened under his watch and his austere rules, that failed to protect them. It seems that the criminals weren’t too impressed with the Mayer’s rules as Chicago murders are almost universally committed using supposedly banned guns wielded by those who can not lawfully posses them. Perhaps some of them might have been spared if they were not perceived as unarmed and helpless. The shooters might have thought better of it if and… Read more »

bill-tb

She isn't just anti-gun, she is anti-Constitutional … She should be turned down.