Skip to comments.NRA blasts Kagan as threat to gun rights
Posted on 07/01/2010 12:28:15 PM PDT by neverdem
The National Rifle Association came out forcefully on Thursday against Elena Kagans nomination to the Supreme Court, saying her positions represent a clear and present danger to the right to keep and bear arms.
Senior executives for the gun rights group said they have examined Kagans record and found nothing to indicate support for the Second Amendment. They also labeled her clearly out of step with mainstream America.
The NRA indicated it will "key vote" Kagans confirmation, a scoring process the group uses in its decision to endorse candidates and sitting members of Congress on gun rights issues, according to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.
With no judicial record, only Kagans political career can be reviewed, Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, and Chris Cox, executive director of the NRAs Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. And this provides no reason to trust her with Americans firearms freedom. Throughout her career, she has repeatedly demonstrated a clear hostility to the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms under the U.S. Constitution.
RELATED ARTICLES Gun control group endorses Kagan Kagan finished testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and despite opposition from the NRA and several conservative-leaning groups, her confirmation appears to be on track. The only question now is how many Republicans will vote for her. The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely hold a vote on her confirmation after the July 4 recess, with a full Senate vote coming shortly thereafter.
During Kagans confirmation hearing this week, Republican gun rights supporters repeatedly pressed her on whether she believes the Second Amendment is a fundamental right.
Kagans description of Second Amendment cases, including Mondays high court ruling limiting the right of state and local governments to regulate gun ownership, as settled law troubled the group.
The NRA released a statement Monday arguing that Kagan has shown a hostility towards the right to bear arms. The release cites her role in developing the Clinton administration's 1998 ban on the importation of certain models of semi-automatic rifles; notes during her time at the Clinton White House mentioning the NRA and Ku Klux Klan as bad-guy organizations; and her comment to Justice Thurgood Marshall that she was not sympathetic to a challenge to the District of Columbias handgun ban.
In their statement, as well as in an accompanying letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members, LaPierre and Cox said the confirmation vote would be used in the NRAs process of evaluating candidates.
I wish they would same the same for Dingy Harry in NV.
Yeah, well is the NRA still going to endorse Harry Reid when he votes for Kagan- or is this more Kabuki sell out?
Someone at the NRA has been reading FR and finally got a clue.
this is what we’ve been waiting for
did the NRA finally notice?
We will see, that would be a sell out if it happens.
Too late. Won’t be keeping NRA membership. Joined GOA online today instead.
Harry will support anti-gun judges, funding anti-gun groups and organizations
and the idiot NRA will still back him as long as he SAYS he is pro-gun rights
Kagan must not have ponied up for a new gun range...
Too little, too late.
What’s the NRA?
The NRA is Dead to me.
Yep. They're going to (or already have) endorse this guy and he's SURELY going to vote for Kagan. Maybe the NRA can hold off on their endorsement in this race until after the vote on Kagan, and that they'll do so very publicly.
On Monday, June 28, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. With a Supreme Court decision expected that same day in the critical Second Amendment case of McDonald v. City of Chicago and many more Second Amendment cases likely to come, the NRA is following the debate over the Kagan nomination extremely closely.
Because Ms. Kagan has no judicial record and few academic writings, the NRA is carefully reviewing her record in other government posts, including her clerkship for the late Justice Thurgood Marshall and her involvement in formulating anti-gun policies at the Clinton White House. What we've seen to date shows a hostility towards our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, such as her role in developing the Clinton Administration's 1998 ban on importation of many models of semi-automatic rifles; her note lumping the NRA together with the Ku Klux Klan as "bad guy" organizations; and her comment to Justice Marshall that she was "not sympathetic" to a challenge to Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban.
We are working with pro-gun Senators to make sure that Ms. Kagan is aggressively questioned regarding her views on the Second Amendment and other issues that affect America's 80 million gun owners and we look forward to hearing her answers.
I was wondering if they had noticed the ire they had drawn upon themselves for even the hint of supporting dingy harry and their support of the disclose act scam...