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Did you need proof that anti-gunners can’t win unless they change the rules?
As it stands today, anti-gun forces occupy both houses of Congress and the Oval Office. There’s just one branch of the government that is not actively trying to remove Americans’ gun rights, and that’s the judiciary. Because former President Donald Trump was able to add three pro-gun justices to the Supreme Court–Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh–the Court currently features four pro-2A justices, four less-enthusiastic justices, and a swing vote. That means that right now, the Court is likely to produce pro-2A rulings.
That’s a problem for anti-gunners.
You see, right now they know they can get anti-gun legislation onto the President’s desk, and they know that he’ll be almost as eager to sign it as he is to sniff random womens’ hair. But they also know that pretty much any Court challenge will put the kibosh on their proposed laws. So, what do you do when the Supreme Court isn’t likely to give you the decisions you want, and the current Justices are all fairly young and unlikely to retire soon?
You add more justices! Right now, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, New York Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Mondaire Jones, and Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson announced the “Judiciary Act of 2021.” Nadler insisted it is not an attempt to “pack” the high court.
Pants on fire!
The Second Amendment Foundation calls “shenanigans.” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb responded, “That’s a lie, and they know it. Markey, Nadler and their cronies are furious that the Supreme Court now has a majority of justices who are determined to adhere to the Constitution instead of rewriting it from the bench to advance an anti-gun-rights agenda.
“This is,” he added, “an attempt to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark Heller and McDonald rulings affirming the individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Those are gun rights issues that anti-gunners such as Markey and Nadler, and their Capitol Hill cohorts, absolutely do not want the Supreme Court to consider,” Gottlieb said.
…and that’s why they want to change the rules.
“For decades, gun prohibitionists have been fearful that good Second Amendment cases would wind up before a court populated by solid constitutionalists. Now, with the court’s present makeup, those same anti-gunners are terrified of a majority they perceive to be pro-Second Amendment and they’ve introduced this sham legislation in an effort to prevent a ruling that would favor America’s gun owners.
“Frankly,” Gottlieb continued, “it is not simply disappointing but disgraceful that a cadre of anti-gun lawmakers would introduce such a thinly disguised scheme to turn the Supreme Court into a judicial branch of the anti-gun-rights Democratic caucus. Markey’s claim that this is an effort to repair a broken Supreme Court is preposterous. For the first time in decades, the Court is well prepared to handle important constitutional issues, and all the Democrats can think of doing is to seize the court in a legislative power grab.
“If they proceed,” he promised, “we’ll see them—no pun intended—in court.”