Judge Amy Coney Barrett Scares Gun-Control Advocates for the Right Reasons

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Scares Gun-Control Advocates for the Right Reasons

COMMENTARY BY A Justice Amy Coney Barrett would likely mean that there is a fifth Justice willing to heed the dictates of the U.S. Constitution over the whims of gun-control advocates. Key Takeaways Judge Barrett cares what the U.S. Constitution says about our right to keep and bear arms, not what gun control advocates believe it ought to say. History is consistent with common sense: it demonstrates that legislatures have the power to prohibit dangerous people from possessing guns. Judge Barrett noted that the laws in question were not tailored to serve the government’s compelling interest in protecting the public. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings next week for Judge Amy Coney Barrett , President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If the rhetoric of many gun-control advocates is anything to go by, Judge Barrett is “a gun-rights extremist” who, if given the chance, would likely give machine guns to violent felons while they’re still imprisoned. While that rhetoric is rooted far from reality, there are good reasons for gun-control advocates to fear her confirmation to the nation’s highest court. Judge Barrett is a committed originalist with a solid track record on the Second Amendment. In other words, she cares what the U.S. Constitution says about our right to keep and bear arms, not what gun control advocates believe it ought to say. As we’ve often noted at the Heritage […]

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