I can appreciate that Democrats in this Congress have been pretty pro-gun, and their grades will need to reflect that, but they also need to reflect their votes on Kagan to a large degree. There needs to be an understanding that what we’re fighting in the Courts are for basic, fundamental Second Amendment rights. Basically gun bans, and near gun bans. Sotomayor didn’t even buy into the idea that cities like Chicago and DC couldn’t ban guns, and it’s doubtful Kagan will either.
In other words, the justices Obama is nominating don’t believe in a SecondÂ AmendmentÂ right at all, despite it presence in the Constitution, and strong level of support for such a right among the population in general. Congress needs to be made to understand we’re serious about this. Republicans in particular need to understand that. It would be one thing if Obama was anÂ enormouslyÂ popular President, but he is not. There is no political risk involved with going against the White House. Close to 80% of Americans support the Second Amendment. Obama can only dream about approval ratings that high.
US News is the last place I’d expect to find reporting about an NRA memo, but they are. Contact your Senators and let them know to oppose her. Quite a bit is riding on this. At some point, the Heller and McDonald coalition on the Court will break, and that will be as far as we can take the right. I’ll be honest, I think it’s very unlikely we’ll get a pro-Second Amendment Justice out of this President, but we can at least send a message. At the least, he will need to take more a chance himself, on someone who’s record on the issue isn’t clear.