Garland is Not Moderate on the Second Amendment

Garland is Not Moderate on the Second Amendment

Not long after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative lion on the Court, passed away in February of 2016, then-President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to fill the vacancy left by Scalia. This was a calculated move. Garland is known for having a staid and moderate demeanor. As the U.S. was then in a presidential election year, this political maneuver was designed to make U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) capitulate and, thereby, give the high court a 5-4 progressive majority. The NRA, meanwhile, looked closely at Garland’s record and objected. The Court was then split evenly (four to four) on whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights protects an individual right; in fact, the now late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had just said in a speech that she wanted an opportunity to overturn the high court’s Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010) decisions, so the Court could eradicate the Second Amendment. Her opinion was backed by Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer. A Justice Garland would have given them a majority to take away this critical individual right. However, despite a relentless mainstream-media attack, Sen. McConnell didn’t even hold hearings for Garland. Soon, the threat to our freedom was parried by a Trump administration win. Now, as this was going to print, President Joe Biden (D) said he would nominate Garland to be U.S. Attorney General. With this […]

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