Perhaps the best endorsement for confirming federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court came from anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer, who has vowed to “oppose Judge (Brett) Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have,” as quoted by USA Today.
Combine that with the rant from anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, which accused Kavanaugh of having an “extreme outlier approach to the Second Amendment,” and so far as gun rights organizations and activists are concerned, and it appears President Donald Trump is keeping his word to the nation’s 100 million gun owners. He told the National Rifle Association earlier this year that the Second Amendment is safe with his administration. If Kavanaugh is confirmed – the looming fight promises to be a bare knuckles political blood fest – the right to keep and bear arms could be safe for decades.
It might even be expanded. That’s the hope expressed Monday evening by Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. In a statement issued moments after Trump’s announcement, Gottlieb said this:
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“By adding Judge Kavanaugh, we night see the high court become more willing to accept and rule on important Second Amendment issues, such as right-to-carry… It is time for the court to examine the constitutionality of various state laws that restrict the right to carry, for example, and make arbitrary decisions about who can exercise that right.”—Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation
This contrasts dramatically with a message from Everytown that raced across the Internet following Trump’s introduction of Judge Kavanaugh at a White House gathering. The nation’s wealthiest gun prohibition lobbying organization essentially wailed about the nomination.
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s extreme outlier approach to the Second Amendment would elevate gun rights above public safety and put in jeopardy the full range of gun safety laws — including assault weapons and large-capacity magazine prohibitions, minimum age requirements, safe storage requirements, and other common-sense gun safety laws. We need to do everything we can right now to tell our senators to OPPOSE Trump’s SCOTUS pick.”—Everytown for Gun Safety
Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, also declared support for Kavanaugh’s nomination. He hoped that the Senate acts quickly to confirm the 53-year-old jurist to succeed retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Cox said NRA will be “activating our members and tens of millions of supporters throughout the country in support of Judge Kavanaugh.”
“Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated his clear belief that the Constitution should be applied as the Framers intended. To that end, he has supported the fundamental, individual right to self-defense embraced by Justice Scalia in the historic Heller decision… He will protect our right to keep and bear arms and is an outstanding choice to fill Justice Kennedy’s seat.”—Chris Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action
The confirmation battle promises to be much more volatile than that for Justice Neil Gorsuch last year. The Far Left is firing up its troops with rhetoric about abortion rights and Obamacare. Protests have already taken on an apparently frightening tone, as noted by CFL’s J.E. Dyer.