EDITORIAL: His views on guns are key to our view of Judge Kavanaugh

EDITORIAL: His views on guns are key to our view of Judge Kavanaugh

July 10–In our nation, the sound of gunfire echoes through our psyches. The overwhelming majority of people believe something must be done to curb access to weapons of mass murder. Not so much Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. That troubles us. Kavanaugh dissented from the majority in an appeals court decision that essentially banned the sale of semi-automatic AR-15 rifles in Washington, D.C. The decision was eventually overturned, meaning his dissent won the day. But that doesn’t mean he was right, especially as he noted that "labeling" an AR-15 as an "assault weapon" somehow was "offensive" to his sensibilities. Kavanuagh will be criticized for opining that the rights of businesses supersede those of internet users; that regulatory agencies shouldn’t be allowed to regulate; that presidents should be impeached before being made subject to the laws of the land. But what disquiets us most is the thought a Justice Kavanaugh will thwart those trying to silence the sounds of gunfire in our schools, churches, universities and everywhere else people gather. SIGN UP The views of other newspapers about the Kavanaugh nomination: San Jose Mercury News — President Trump’s nomination … is a disaster for the technology industry and the users of tech products. The DC Circuit Court judge’s positions on such critical issues as net neutrality, privacy, executive power and immigration are serious threats that could set back the tech world for decades. … Say goodbye to equal access to the […]

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