NRA opposes Kagan, will score senators on confirmation vote.

The National Rifle Association announced Thursday it will oppose Senate…

The National Rifle Association announced Thursday it will oppose Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court and plans to score senators’ votes in its annual evaluation of their records.

“Unfortunately, Ms. Kagan’s record on the Second Amendment gives us no confidence that if confirmed to the Court, she will faithfully defend the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding Americans,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer and Chris

Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As evidence that Kagan has “repeatedly demonstrated a clear hostility” to gun rights, the NRA letter cites a memo Kagan wrote years ago as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall saying she was “not sympathetic” to a challenge to the District of Columbia’s handgun ban, as well as her work on a now-expired assault weapons ban when she was a White House aide to President Bill Clinton.

The NRA also criticized Kagan’s decision as solicitor general not to file a brief last year in a case challenging Chicago’s gun regulation laws. On June 28, the first day of Kagan’s confirmation hearing, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case, McDonald v. Chicago, that the Second Amendment’s protections of an individual’s right to bear arms apply to states and localities.

Asked about that ruling at her confirmation hearing June 29, Kagan said, “That is binding precedent entitled to all the respect of binding precedent in any case.”

Last year, the NRA also opposed Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the high court and scored the confirmation vote.

Source: CQ Politics via Yahoo! News.

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  • bootspur

    That’s bullshit, as a member of the Texas State Rifle Association, I would like to ask the NRA to stay the hell out of the Supreme Court with your threats! Whenever you you heavy handed thugs start this nonsense we usually end driving the Republican Party further to the (R)ight, pretty soon your smooth moves are going to have completely evacuated the space to the (R)ight of Center that I occupy making me look like a Centrist. And, I guess if you keep on pushing in coming years that space that I currently occupy to the (R)ight of Center will be called Liberal Democrat territory!
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    I am sick and damn tired to see which idiot is going to be the next one who is afraid of the NRA who is going to jump another degree on the Political Compass into Fascist-land. Michelle Bachman? Where did that thing come from first off, she’s uneducated, 2nd she’s stupid! And that goes double for Palin. As an ex-Army grunt I have always respected Senator McCain, but when he failed to properly inspect HIS choice of running mates-PALIN, after the loss then he happily bequeathed to us ALL his nonsensical choice for VP. And I see all of these Americans who I would fight and die for gravitate to this empty-headed bimbanjo brain I just fucking seethe.
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    Remember Robocop, if you don’t go back and watch it again and see if you can figure out what has happened politically in that version of the USA. That appears to be what is loosely going on here, AND NO I don’t mean a city full of sci-fi robots as Police Officers, but the other part the setting.

  • We in the NRA …have a very durable and long lasting memory. We will not forget.