After weeks of saying he would do so, Barack Obama just announced who he intends to appoint to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by esteemed Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, and this is not good for the Second Amendment.
According to the Washington Times, Judge Merrick Garland is who Obama is appointing, and there’s a very real possibility he would overturn one of Scalia’s most important decisions – D.C. v. Heller, which affirmed Americans’ Second Amendment right to own a firearm. Apparently, Garland has a “very liberal view of gun rights,” and poses a severe threat to those of us who refuse to give even an inch on our God-given right to self-defense.
In a blog post, chief counsel Carrie Severino said that Judge Garland’s record on the bench since 1997 “leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.”
The Times has more on the current status of the Heller case:
The D.C. government asked for a rehearing of the case before all 10 judges of the appeals court.
Six judges voted not to rehear the case, but four, including Judge Merrick, voted for a rehearing.
Conservatives say that’s presumably because he disagreed with the three-judge panel that had ruled to overturn the handgun ban.
For those unaware, Garland was first appointed to the bench by Bill Clinton in 1997. Back then, he won confirmation by a vote of 76-23, but times were also much different. Back then, our Second Amendment rights weren’t under constant assault, and we weren’t facing the numerous social debates that have arisen in recent years.
So now, the only hope we have of saving our individual right to bear arms lies with the Republican-controlled Senate, who has repeatedly sworn it wouldn’t confirm anyone Obama appointed. Sen. Mike Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reiterated earlier Wednesday that the GOP Senate wouldn’t consider the nominee.
“In light of the contentious presidential election already well underway, my colleagues and I on the Judiciary Committee have already given our advice and consent on this issue: we will not have any hearings or votes on President Obama’s pick,” Mr. Lee said. “Any meeting with any nominee put forward by President Obama would only be a waste of the Senate’s time. The Court has very ably dealt with temporary absences in the past and will do so again now.”
Let’s just pray they stick to their word, especially after having sold us out to the Democrats numerous times in the past seven years. It sounds like Garland will be a nightmare for gun owners, so it’s up to us to keep pressure on our Senators to ensure they don’t allow this man on the bench.