President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court got immediate opposition from Second Amendment organizations, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear the nomination is dead on arrival in the Senate.
Garland, who is the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is not considered to be a conservative jurist who could fill the seat left vacant by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The Washington Times said that Garland “has a very liberal view on gun rights.” The newspaper quoted the Judicial Crisis Network, which reportedly plans to spend “at least $2 million” on an advertising effort to oppose the nomination.
National Rifle Association’s Chris Cox, executive director of the organization’s Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) issued a statement.
“With Justice Scalia’s tragic passing,” Cox said, “there is no longer a majority of support among the justices for the fundamental, individual right to own a firearm for self-defense. Four justices believe law-abiding Americans have that right – and four justices do not. President Obama has nothing but contempt for the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners.”
Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation immediately reacted to the Garland announcement stating, “This is not a good nomination and Judge Garland should not be confirmed.”
Sen. McConnell used the opportunity to remind Democrats of the position they took during a previous election year when a Republican president was in office. Anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer made that argument against a nomination by then-President George W. Bush. Now he’s singing a far different tune, admonishing the Senate to hold hearings on Garland’s nomination.
Read the full article by Dave Workman at ConservativeFiringLine.
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