Writing in Monday’s edition of The Hill contributing author John Lott confirmed what Conservative Firing Line previously reported: anti-gunners are in angst over the likelihood that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Headlining an opinion piece by John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center with the term “hyperventilating,” the article notes notes:
“Since the Supreme Court’s last gun control case in 2010, the court has turned away at least 15 gun-rights cases, including several challenges to prohibitions on semi-automatic assault rifles and on public carry of firearms. Gun control advocates hoped that the Supreme Court would overturn unfavorable lower court decisions.”
President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh has already been praised by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association. By contrast, Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun prohibition lobbying organization backed by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, said this: “Judge Kavanaugh has applied an extreme and dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment when determining whether a law is constitutional, one that does not take into account a law’s impact on public safety.”
Judge Kavanaugh’s appeal to gun rights activists rests on his dissent in a 2011 ruling by the D.C. appeals court in which he argued that a ban on semi-auto rifles might be unconstitutional. As Lott tells it, this terrifies gun grabbers, whose agenda would not simply be slowed by another high court Second Amendment ruling, it might be derailed.
Lott is not alone in his outlook. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage reports:
“With the addition of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court could have a conservative majority to strike down bans on semiautomatic weapons in liberal states and to decree that law-abiding Americans have a right to carry a gun in public.”
That single paragraph may say more about the media mindset than desired. The public doesn’t need a “decree” from the Supreme Court that Americans have a right to bear arms. That’s already clearly delineated in the language of the Second Amendment.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation isn’ guaranteed, but the outlook is promising. Rights activists are already contacting their Senators, urging them to vote for confirmation, while anti-gunners are doing likewise, urging the Senate to reject the nomination.
The level of their rhetoric will likely increase as autumn approaches. How extreme and inflammatory it becomes will provide a good indication of just how good Kavanaugh might be on the high court for Second Amendment rights.