Skip to comments.Statement on Elena Kaganís Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court (Wayne LaPierre & Chris W. Cox)
Posted on 08/05/2010 6:16:09 PM PDT by neverdem
Statement on Elena Kagans Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President, National Rifle Association & Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action
Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan to the highest Court in the land. To NRA members and gun owners nationwide, Ms. Kagan presents a clear and present danger to the right to keep and bear arms. Her political record reveals that she does not believe the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right and, in her recent testimony, she refused to acknowledge respect for the God-given right of self-defense. That is why, more than a month ago, the NRA announced its strong opposition to Elena Kagans confirmation to the Court. In that announcement, it was made very clear that this vote matters and will be considered in the NRA's candidate evaluations.
The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right that applies to all law-abiding Americans. Nonetheless, during the hearings Ms. Kagan refused to state her support for the Second Amendment, saying only that the matter was "settled law." When asked about the Heller decision, Justice Sonia Sotomayor used the phrase "settled law" repeatedly during her confirmation hearings to win support. Justice Sotomayor then worked to destroy the Second Amendment in the McDonald case. We have no doubt that Ms. Kagan shares the same view of the Second Amendment.
Since she has no judicial record, we have only her political record to examine. And that political record demonstrates a clear hostility to our right to keep and bear arms. As a clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall, Ms. Kagan said she was "not sympathetic" to a challenge to Washington, D.C.s ban on firearms. As a domestic policy advisor in the Clinton White House, a colleague described her as "immersed" in Clintons aggressive assaults on the Second Amendment. As U.S. Solicitor General, Ms. Kagan chose not to file a brief last year in the landmark McDonald case, thus taking the position that incorporating the Second Amendment and applying it to the states was of no interest to the Obama Administration or the federal government.
The expansive support that self-defense laws, the decisions in the historic Heller and McDonald cases, and the Second Amendment enjoy from the American public is a clear indication that Elena Kagans radical views are out of the mainstream. Any nominee, that far out-of-step with the American people, should not be on the Supreme Court.
The nomination and confirmation of two justices with an inherent bias against the Second Amendment is a direct assault on our treasured freedom. The fate of our Second Amendment hangs perilously - by one vote. The need for eternal vigilance on the part of every American has never been greater.
So, is the NRA still going to endorse Harry Reid?
Read your mail!.....No checks left from me........*G*
Are these klutzes going to continue to support Snowe and Collins?
The commie ‘RAT “compelling life story” trilogy is complete. The Three Stoogettes.
Hmmn.....The NRA ain’t happy about the Kagen appointment??? Really??? Well, I think they should be overjoyed!!! After all, the NRA is falling and fawning all over Senator Harry Reid, supporting this low life Democrat that today voted for a person that no more belongs on the Supreme Court, then the nearest moron. When the NRA comes out and supports Sharon Angle for the the Nevada USA Senate seat, then I will pay some heed to their concerns. Meanwhile NRA, if Ms. Kagen does you dudes in, you deserve whatever comes your way for even mentioning that incompetent, Harry Reid in the positive. Shame on the NRA, their leadership and their memebers!!!
MY opinion... I welcome yours..........
The reality is they can have anyone on the SC they want and they can pass any illegal law they want to but that doesn’t mean we have to listen to them......
Good to see that the NRA will now strongly oppose Kagan now that she has been confirmed by the Senate.
Party leaders need to oust the 5 rinos who voted for this troll.
Yet the NRA is going to endorse Harry Reid who voted for her.
Yea No SH!T
They will get as much out of me as the RNC does
This Nation needs a royal flush, Top down.
Well, at the end of the day, I still have my guns...If someone says I can’t have them anymore...That’s just going to be one big tough noogie for them...
Some people will never, ever, be that sorry again...
They can’t have it both ways, I will not support the NRA because of their support of Reid.
Wayne and Chris are wild about Harry but don’t like Elena.
They don’t like girls?
I think not.
My right to keep and bear arms depends not on the Second Amendment or anything -- other than God Himself. What God hath given to men (and women), let not this government TRY to take away; it will not be pretty.
Let them all enjoy their NRA & GOA ratings. /s
Our defectors: Collins (R-ME), Graham (R-SC), Gregg (R-NH), Lugar (R-IN) and Snowe (R-ME)
Their lone defector was Nelson (D-NE).
YEAs 63 NAYs 37
It seems less likely, despite Dingy Harry being a pretty good supporter of the 2nd Amendment in the last decade. He also supported Sotomayor whose vote was also scored by the NRA.
I don't know if they have supported them.
The NRA supports those who have the best 2nd Amendment record. If there's a tie in their ratings, then they default to incumbents. It's one of the reasons that before the election in 2006, the rats only had 45 votes in the Senate. Other than the Kagan and Sotomayor votes, the rats have been loathe to touch the 2nd Amendment.
Snowe and Collins could be primaried, but that could mean that they're replaced by rats.
Check the link in comment# 18.
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