New Post-Bruen Threat to Our Second Amendment Rights

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- I hate to say I told you so, but hidden in all of the celebration of the sweeping 6-3 ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen is a new danger to our ability to defend the Second Amendment. The ruling was a best-case scenario – Thomas authored it, and John Roberts wisely exercised the better part of “valor.”

However, news broke that Kirkland and Ellis gave Paul Clement a choice: Stay with the Second Amendment or stay with us. Clement and Erin Murphy walked, just as Clement did when King & Spalding demanded he not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in 2011.

Why Kirkland and Ellis laid down that ultimatum is something we may never know for certain. But many of these big firms have corporate clients, and these days, with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) becoming a factor in corporate decision-making, it’s not a bad assumption that corporate clients decided to boost their ESG by giving Kirkland and Ellis an ultimatum of their own about Clement and Murphy’s advocacy.

For a big law firm, the loss of major corporate clients is a threat they have to take seriously. Opposing the Second Amendment is one easy way for the C-suite types to boost ESG scores and also avoid the bad PR that Bloomberg can create with his billions. But when I said we needed a post-NYSRPA v. Bruen strategy, corporate gun control was one of the reasons why. It wasn’t as dramatic as my piece this last December envisioned, but it is arguably a far more insidious threat that will be much harder to deal with.

Between Bruen, Canigula v. Storm, Caetano v. Massachusetts, McDonald, and Heller, the red flag bill that was just signed into law is a nothingburger. They can set up “red flag” laws, but due process has to be there. But for that, you need lawyers willing to take Second Amendment cases.

Being a lawyer is expensive, both in the education and in actually running the law firm. Those student loans for college and law school don’t pay themselves. That same truth applies to the rent for the office, the utilities, the equipment for a decent office, the support staff (including paralegals, office staff, and private investigators).

What will it take to beat this new threat? The first step is going to have to be the recognition that a LOT of the best pro-Second Amendment legal talent will have to go to pro-Second Amendment organizations. These are entities which will not have to sweat corporations’ ESG scores. The National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, and Firearms Policy Coalition, as well as your state-level gun-rights groups will need the funding to have good lawyers on staff.

The next step will be to put in a lot of hard work. We’re behind the curve and heavily outgunned in protecting the Second Amendment in the corporate boardroom at the present time. We will need a long-term strategy to push back on this front, including getting pro-Second Amendment views in corporate boardrooms and in the top positions of our biggest companies. Finally, Second Amendment supporters will need to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box at the federal, state, and local levels.


About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.Harold Hutchison

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2gats

Keep sniffing those farts Harold

archmark

Harold’s such a nice, UNINFORMED, young man…

john

The treat to our constitution is globalism it will not stop with the 2nd amendment. As a whole our way of life is under attack Harold you can just walk out your front door this becomes as plain as day. Every event since Obama was president is now a attack against conservative Americans. If you do not understand that the pandemic was a orchestrated event the largest terror attack in history look at those who supported that event and who profited from it. If the elite political monsters had their way we would all still be locked down in our… Read more »

swmft

obummer is just one of the signs that they are getting the sheep to follow, they destroyed our health system in the name of healthcare , released a virus that had minimal possibility of becoming like 1918 flu and killing upwards of 10% of global population, what they created kills people who have specific ailments, the vaccine harms males of northern European ancestry (i lost a few friends to vaccine) the doctor who famously said on tv he would not treat vaccinated people was killed by vaccine ,there is a god…struck down for hypocrisy…I have a friend who has tested… Read more »

DDS

Of course you guys have noticed that the recently added ability to rate articles has been removed. Someone must be looking our for Harold the Wonder Boy.

Russn8r

Harold cried to momma.

STRIKE GROUP REAGAN!

LOL.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Henry Bowman

Little Quisling Harold once again being a surrender monkey, shilling for the moribund NRA [Not Really Activists]. He must really love the taste of Radioactive Wayne for him to gargle so often… Wayne’s personal attack shark is still a gratuitous donor to anti-gun politicians, and NRA money is still being funneled through that Trojan horse. Yet Little Harold is still willfully blind and refuses to “follow the money”. $43 million went to 15 “A-rated” RINOs, and still, Little Harold ignores THAT. I’ll be glad when the NRA ceases to exist for 3 big reasons: 1) NRA will no longer be… Read more »

DDS

Harold reminds me of Pvt. Hudson in the movie “Aliens”. All loud talk and swagger until the Aliens show what they’re capable of. Then its all “Game over, Man! Game over!”

Harold, you need to calm down and get re-acquainted with the four boxes that support American Liberty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_boxes_of_liberty

The show’s just getting warmed up and you’re showing signs of freak out.

Feel free to tuck tail and “skeedaddle”, young man. We’ll do our best to get by without your help.

Last edited 1 month ago by DDS
Ope

Poor quisling Harold will always see the doom and gloom in anything and everything firearm related. That’s just the way Harold rolls. I also noticed that Harold left out GOA as a gun rights group.(when in reality GOA is the top guns rights group in the country with proven results year after year) But of course Harold had his beloved former NRA topping the list in need of funding to have good lawyers on staff. Can you believe this clown?

Russn8r

Another ridiculous non-sequitur. Harold implies Bruen made the corporate threat worse. WTF does Bruen have to do with Harold’s “I told you so”?

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r