Almost immediately after a handful of Capitol Hill Democrats let by anti-gun Sen. Ed Markey (D.MA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced a bill to expand the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to 13 members, gun rights groups voiced opposition and one organization—the Second Amendment Foundation—even hinted at court action.
SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb pulled no punches in a statement released to the media.
“This is,” he asserted, “an attempt to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark Heller and McDonald rulings affirming the individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”
“Markey, Nadler and their cronies are furious that the Supreme Court now has a majority of justices who are determined to adhere to the Constitution instead of rewriting it from the bench to advance an anti-gun-rights agenda,” Gottlieb observed.
Democrats seem determined to turn the high court into a judicial arm of the Democratic party, and they do not care to have the current nine justices handing down Second Amendment rulings supporting the right to keep and bear arms. The conservative majority on the court may be Donald Trump’s lasting legacy, along with the approximately 200 lower court judges he appointed during his four years in the White House. That fact makes liberals furious.
Trump was able to fill three high court vacancies with highly-qualified Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Their appointment to the high court could open the door to review of Second Amendment cases dealing with such important subjects as the right to bear arms in public, and whether popular semi-automatic rifles—now in common use across the country—are protected by the amendment, Gottlieb explained.
“Those are gun rights issues that anti-gunners such as Markey and Nadler, and their Capitol Hill cohorts, absolutely do not want the Supreme Court to consider,” Gottlieb said.
During a press event to announced their proposal, Nadler insisted, “We are not packing the Supreme Court, we are unpacking it.”
Gottlieb called that a lie.
“For decades,” he said, “gun prohibitionists have been fearful that good Second Amendment cases would wind up before a court populated by solid constitutionalists. Now, with the court’s present makeup, those same anti-gunners are terrified of a majority they perceive to be pro-Second Amendment and they’ve introduced this sham legislation in an effort to prevent a ruling that would favor America’s gun owners.”
Gottlieb said the introduction of the so-called “Judiciary Act of 2021 “is not simply disappointing but disgraceful.”
“Markey’s claim that this is an effort to repair a broken Supreme Court is preposterous,” Gottlieb said. “For the first time in decades, the Court is well prepared to handle important constitutional issues, and all the Democrats can think of doing is to seize the court in a legislative power grab.”
The Judiciary is one of the three branches of government, which also includes the Legislative and Executive branches. But Congressional Democrats are currently treating the judicial branch as their subordinate. The move may come back to haunt them, along with Joe Biden’s gun control proposals. According to MSN.com, some Democrat strategists are worried the gun control effort could hurt Democrat chances in 2022.
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