Do you own a firearm? If not, for the safety of you and your family you should consider buying one now. President Obama has nominated the radical, anti-gun judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court seat vacated by the passing of long-time second amendment supporter Justice Antonin Scalia. If Garland reaches the high court, he’ll tip the balance of justices to a majority against the individual right to bear arms.
The NRA released a statement skewering Garland over his record:
Obama has already nominated two Supreme Court justices who oppose the right to own firearms and there is absolutely no reason to think he has changed his approach this time. In fact, a basic analysis of Merrick Garland’s judicial record shows that he does not respect our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Therefore, the National Rifle Association, on behalf of our five million members and tens of millions of supporters across the country, strongly opposes the nomination of Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court.
For firearms owners, the most vital decision to come from the Supreme Court in decades has been in the case of D.C. vs. Heller. Garland would be a threat to that decision, and to the second amendment rights of Americans. The National Review’s Carrie Severino writes:
But Garland has a long record, and, among other things, it 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.
Back in 2007, Judge Garland voted to undo a D.C. Circuit court decision striking down one of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. The liberal District of Columbia government had passed a ban on individual handgun possession, which even prohibited guns kept in one’s own house for self-defense. A three-judge panel struck down the ban, but Judge Garland wanted to reconsider that ruling. He voted with Judge David Tatel, one of the most liberal judges on that court. As Dave Kopel observed at the time, the “[t]he Tatel and Garland votes were no surprise, since they had earlier signaled their strong hostility to gun owner rights” in a previous case. Had Garland and Tatel won that vote, there’s a good chance that the Supreme Court wouldn’t have had a chance to protect the individual right to bear arms for several more years.
Given a Garland appointment to the high court, you can expect the anti-gun movement to go into overdrive, attempting to push lawsuits around the country designed to reach the Supreme Court, where Garland and the other anti-gun justices and tear down Americans’ rights.
You should get your gun today, and just as importantly you should get trained. I have often written about my experiences at the excellent Sig Sauer Academy (here, here and here for instance). Find such a reputable training facility near you, and learn to operate your firearm safely and effectively. Don’t wait, because if Garland and Obama get their way, you may miss your chance.
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