Gun Owners of America: Senate Must ‘Bury’ SCOTUS Nomination, Declare It ‘D.O.A.’

By AWR Hawkins

Judge Merrick Garland
Judge Merrick Garland
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)- The Senate should “bury” President Obama’s judicial nomination and declare it “Dead on Arrival,” Gun Owners of America (GOA) urged the Senate. 

The demand came shortly after President Barack Obama announced that his Supreme Court nominee is liberal Judge Merrick Garland.

GOA’s executive director, Erich Pratt, observed:

Despite promises to nominate a consensus candidate, Obama has chosen a radical leftist in Judge Garland. He supported the DC gun ban in 2007, voting to reconsider the Heller case after a three judge panel had ruled against the ban.

Hence, we don’t have to speculate as to how Garland would vote on Heller if confirmed to the Supreme Court. He’s already voted against Heller once before, thereby showing he’d effectively rip the Second Amendment from the Constitution.

In a 2000 case, Garland voted to maintain the registration of gun owners, supporting efforts by the Clinton administration to use the instant check to illegally retain gun owners’ names for six months.

This shows that Garland is not only anti-gun, he supports the ability of a President to illegally use executive power to advance liberal causes.

He also pointed to the crucial gun-rights decision in McDonald v. Chicago (2010), warning that McDonald is in danger of being reversed along with Heller if the Senate buckles and decides to confirm Garland as the replacement for late Justice Antonin Scalia.

On February 13 2016, the day of Scalia’s death, Breitbart News reported on the importance of Heller and McDonald by showing that Heller resulted in a decision that explained that the right to keep and bear arms is one individually possessed rather than collectively held.

Two years later, McDonald resulted in a decision that clarified the protections on the individual right to gun ownership by showing that Second Amendment rights are incorporated with Fourteenth Amendment protections. Together, the cases highlighted that self-defense–which includes the defense of one’s family–is a central component of the Second Amendment.

Pratt touched on these key aspects of Heller and McDonald, saying:

There is no freedom more fundamental than the right to defend one’s life and family. The Heller and McDonald decisions are hanging by a thread, as both were decided by 5-4 majorities.

If Garland were confirmed, we can expect to see more gun registration, more gun bans, more limitations on ammunition–and all of it would be approved by the Supreme Court. As a practical matter, good people will go to prison for exercising their constitutionally-protected rights.

For all these reasons, the Senate should refuse to even hold hearings on this nominee.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins.

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Lt45
Lt45
5 years ago

The republicans aren’t stonewalling the president they are trying to preserve the inter gritty of the court by insuring it stays evenly stacked not set up as a puppet branch for a dictator(satan himself) presentlysitting in the Oval Office . He’s nothing more than a pure evil anti america(n) hating terrorist loving communist helping all of Americas enemy’s while doing everything to destroy America with the help of the medians gobbels school of propaganda graduates he has been mimicking hitlers tactics for taking over since day one . Solid proof of oh evil he is! we need to rid America… Read more »

JAMES SINGER
JAMES SINGER
5 years ago

Terry, are you high? One does NOT negotiate NOR Compromise principles based on the Constitution. Yes. I want Congress to “stonewall” ALL nominees put forth by the “President.” I don’t want to lose any more Freedoms or Liberties. This nominee IS Anti-2nd Amendment, period.

Terry Higginbotham
Terry Higginbotham
5 years ago

The Republicans are deepening their rift with mainstream America by stonewalling any and all nominees put forth by the President.

Too true. Why does everything with the Republicans have to be a fight? Why not do your job and negotiate? The Senate is nothing but a dysfunctional group of kids. THATS what “mainstream” America is seeing.

5WarVeteran
5WarVeteran
5 years ago

Here is where ignorance rears it’s ugly head.
“Author: TEX
Comment:
DONT EVEN GIVE OBAMA THE RESPECT OF HEARING ON THIS GUN GRABBING JEW ! THE AFRICAN MUSLIM COULDNT GO 2 MILES TO SCALIAS FUNERAL ?”

Did you know that it is FORBIDDEN for Muslims to attend Christian funerals…?

5WarVeteran
5WarVeteran
5 years ago

“Author: Sean
Comment:
The Republicans aren’t deepening a rift with Mainstream America. They ARE Mainstream America! They(we) are tired of being silent! We are fed up with the way things have become. Silence and Live &Let Live had been very one sided and has been going against how the silent majority truly feel. Why do you think Trump has so many followers?!”

Stop talking sense Sean. There are people here that are incapable of getting it…

Sean
Sean
5 years ago

The Republicans aren’t deepening a rift with Mainstream America. They ARE Mainstream America! They(we) are tired of being silent! We are fed up with the way things have become. Silence and Live &Let Live had been very one sided and has been going against how the silent majority truly feel. Why do you think Trump has so many followers?!

gary
gary
5 years ago

tell garland to go back to the hell he came from!

TEX
TEX
5 years ago

DONT EVEN GIVE OBAMA THE RESPECT OF HEARING ON THIS GUN GRABBER ! THE AFRICAN MUSLIM COULDNT GO 2 MILES TO SCALIAS FUNERAL ?

Street Survivor
Street Survivor
5 years ago

Nuts ! Judge Merrick Garland . Is a collectivist anti gunners wet dream ! If you like you’re guns ,you can keep you’re guns ! OKC was a government inspired false flag. Ted Gunderson X- FBI -Realist. You Tube .

JohnC
JohnC
5 years ago

The Republicans are deepening their rift with mainstream America by stonewalling any and all nominees put forth by the President.

Eric_CA
Eric_CA
5 years ago
Reply to  JohnC

Frankly, the Tables have turned. There is no requirement that hearing be conducted. Harry Reid got away with his BS and we are entitled to the same rules.

Bret Hayman
Bret Hayman
5 years ago

how about if we tell Obama “We’ll give him a hearing, (No promise to confirm) your selection. IF you have the DOJ indite Hillary with all current charges.

Dave
Dave
5 years ago
Reply to  Bret Hayman

Bret Hayman- I’d accept your proposal!

Eric_CA
Eric_CA
5 years ago
Reply to  Bret Hayman

Hmmm interesting.

5WarVeteran
5WarVeteran
5 years ago

If the last 8 years have taught us anything is that no president should be allowed to choose people for the Supreme Court.

Patriot#7001
Patriot#7001
5 years ago

Steve, I think you are the one who is missing the point. The nomination is DOA. Its a non-starter, a non-possibility if we are to retain our rights. It would be like dancing and doing handstands on the edge of a skyscraper and hoping not to fall off. Pure insanity to even consider the proposal.

Eric_CA
Eric_CA
5 years ago
Reply to  Patriot#7001

I concur!

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

You’re missing the point. It doesn’t matter if he’s black or white, gay or straight, Republican or Democrat, pro-gun or anti-gun he deserves a hearing. All nominees have always been given a hearing. Let him defend his positions and then reject him but allow him to face his opposition and them him, face to face.

Eric_CA
Eric_CA
5 years ago
Reply to  Steve

No thanks. I say hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more!

TEX
TEX
5 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Not hardly !

TEX
TEX
5 years ago
Reply to  Steve

No point being missed. No more liberals on Supreme Court !

James
James
5 years ago

We DON’T want any of the King Obama’s recommendations EVER!!!

Eric_CA
Eric_CA
5 years ago
Reply to  James

Hear! Hear!

ChicagoGuy
ChicagoGuy
5 years ago

Good for Erich Pratt & GOA. Watch out NRA doesn’t get involved in the process.

Chris Cox & Chuck Cunningham at NRA-ILA let state lobbyist Todd Vandermyde put Duty to Inform in Illinois 2013 carry bill. DTI will mostly affect black people in Chicago like Otis McDonald. If NRA promotes police state murder and will betray Otis McDonald plus 12 million people in Illinois, they will sell out every gun owner in America.