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Vermont GOP Senate candidate wants SCOTUS nominee Jackson confirmed

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 22, 2022. (Video screenshot)

Fox News may have nailed it by observing, “You don’t see this every day” when it reported Monday that a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate representing the state of Vermont is “calling for the confirmation of President Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court.”

Joe Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, to succeed retiring liberal Justice Stephen Breyer.

Republican Christina Nolan, a former U.S. attorney in the Green Mountain State, issued a statement in which she said, “I have been impressed with Judge Jackson’s performance and support her confirmation to the United States Supreme Court. She has the required legal experience, temperament and clear understanding of the judicial branch’s role interpreting the law.”

But veteran gun rights journalist Lee Williams, writing at TheGunMag.com, has a far different perspective. In a column published early Monday, Williams observed, “You don’t need to be an expert Supreme Court prognosticator, legal scholar or even a tea-leaf reader to know that any potential justice for the nation’s highest court nominated by the Biden-Harris administration is going to be an anti-gun extremist.”

Judge Jackson, currently serving on the bench in the District of Columbia, faced some tough questioning from Republicans last week on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Gun rights was just a small topic compared to the grilling she got on sentencing in criminal cases.

At least one Republican, Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas, was quoted by the Topeka Capital-Journal announcing his intent to vote against confirmation to the high court.

“I believe she will rubberstamp Biden’s far-left agenda instead of protecting the Constitution and our Kansas values,” Marshall stated. “There is no way I can in good faith support her to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

But Williams, who heads the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, was more specific in his criticism.

“During her Senate confirmation hearings,” Williams noted, “Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked, ‘Do you believe the individual right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right?’

“Judge Jackson’s response is telling: ‘Senator, the Supreme Court has established that the individual right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right’,” Williams continued.

“She did not say the right to keep and bear arms was enshrined in the Constitution,” he added. “Nor did she say it’s part of our God-given right to self-defense. Instead, she believes the RKBA was ‘established’ by the Supreme Court. That, friends, is a judicial philosophy taken straight from the pages of Gun Banning 101.”

If Judge Jackson is confirmed, she will not be able to weigh in on a gun rights case currently before the Supreme Court. That case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, was argued last Nov. 3, and a ruling is anticipated in late June, before Associate Justice Stephen Breyer steps into retirement.

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