The Boston Globe tried another last ditch smear campaign against Judge Kavanaugh on Wednesday.
I hate to break it to them, but this one is not going work either.
By Denise Morency Gannon, Patrick Gannon and Elizabeth Warren
Please tell me more…
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s partisan and openly disrespectful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week raised serious questions about his judicial temperament and fitness to serve as a judge. There are many reasons Judge Kavanaugh does not deserve a promotion to our highest court, but it’s his disregard for common-sense gun safety that hits closest to home for people who have lost loved ones, friends, or colleagues to gun violence.
This is the first paragraph and I’m already liking where this is going.
On April 12, 2018, Denise and Patrick’s son, K9 Sergeant Sean Gannon, was shot and murdered in the line of duty. Law-enforcement officers like Sean risk their lives each day and night to keep the public safe. Their work is made exponentially harder and more dangerous by the weapons of war that have flooded our communities.
That case was terrible. The shooter was a career criminal and prohibited person, and Massachusetts already is in the top five states for strictest gun laws. What new gun laws would have prevented this?
Republicans are on the cusp of confirming to the Supreme Court a nominee with a radical interpretation of the Second Amendment, a judge who has refused to acknowledge the difference between a handgun or hunting rifle safely stored in someone’s home and an assault weapon that can kill dozens of people in seconds.
Radical, oh no. Something, something, “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I don’t remember there being anything about hunting in that Amendment.
Instead, his judicial opinions indicate he believes the Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to have access to AR-15 style rifles — the same kinds of guns used to commit mass murders in Parkland, Fla., and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Good. There are 15 million of those in circulation. If it really was about the guns, there would be multiple Sandy Hooks every day and nobody left alive in the US.
In 2011, Judge Kavanaugh dissented from a decision to uphold a Washington, D.C., law banning assault weapons and establishing a registry of handguns. In that dissent, Judge Kavanaugh argued that it was not a judge’s responsibility to consider public safety when evaluating whether a gun law is constitutional. Notably, his dissent was contrary to the majority opinion written by two conservative judges appointed by Republican presidents.
A solid Constitutionalist. I’m liking this guy better by the sentence.
States have passed laws to expand background checks before someone can carry a weapon and laws to ban bump stocks, which enable rifles to rain down bullets even faster and produce the kind of terror we saw a year ago this week in Las Vegas.
Again, one shooting with a bump stock (maybe). It really doesn’t seem to be an issue.
Research shows that states with stricter gun laws not only have fewer gun-related fatalities, but also fewer fatal police shootings. Police chiefs across the country are calling for enhanced gun-safety measures to be a national standard.
I lived in the suburbs of Chicago. I have a hard time believing that.
Powerful opponents of common-sense gun reforms will challenge each and every one of those state gun-safety laws in the courts. For cases that make it to the Supreme Court, nine justices will make the final call as to whether such laws stick.
Common sense gun safety like bans, the end of concealed carry, permits to purchase, and all sorts of other restrictions to fail to so squat to stop gun crime.
Experts have warned that, if given the opportunity to serve on the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh would undermine progress toward greater gun safety in states across this country by voting to overturn these laws. UCLA law professor Adam Winkler says Judge Kavanaugh “thinks there is little room for constitutionally permissible gun control.”
I agree 100%.
Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, has said it is likely Judge Kavanaugh would join Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch to strike down regulations like 10-day waiting periods before gun licenses are issued.
Martin Luther King Jr. said “a right delayed is a right denied.” Why does Elizabeth Warren hate MLK?
Maybe we should have a 10 day waiting period on other rights. How about after you write a Facebook post or Tweet it goes into holding for 10 days after which you can you can post it? Actually, I like that.
It is no wonder special interests have spent money on advertising that pushes for Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. But every American who cares about keeping our communities safe from gun violence should be concerned by Judge Kavanaugh’s record on gun safety.
Special interests? Like George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer? Or like the 6+ Million members of the NRA? Funny how our grassroots is “special interest” and your billionaire donor is not.
We want to honor Sean’s memory and the memories of countless individuals who have been killed or permanently harmed by gun violence by fighting for meaningful steps and safeguards to stop the scourge of gun violence plaguing our communities.
This is “tyranny of the victims.” Just because you got raped or shot or know someone who has, does not grant you special privileges to take away our civil liberties. Sorry to put that so bluntly, but it’s true.
That is one good reason, among many, that the Senate must reject Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.
That is one good reason, among many, that the Senate must confirm Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.
This may be a smear in Boston, but it’s an endorsement in the land between the coasts.
I hope Kavanaugh is so pissed at you guys that he rules the NFA and GCA unconstitutional just to make your heads explode.