Trump Nominee Judge Affirmed Despite Anti-Gun Past

Trump Nominee Judge Affirmed Despite Anti-Gun Past

23 Republican Senators voted for him. A recent article the Washington Free Beacon is headlined, “ Senate Confirms Trump Nominee with Questionable Gun Record Despite Majority of Republicans Voting No .” So, what about Mark Bennett’s record is “questionable,” and why did so many Republicans vote against his confirmation to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals? Questions about Bennett’s record were first raised during hearings in the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) described the record of the former Republican attorney general of Hawaii as ‘troubling.’ ‘He was an aggressive advocate, as attorney general [of Hawaii], for gay marriage. He was an aggressive advocate demonstrating hostility to the First Amendment and political speech,’ Cruz said in a committee meeting on Thursday. ‘Most significantly, he has been an aggressive advocate for undermining the Second Amendment.’ Remember the Heller case, when the Supreme Court affirmed the “individual right” aspect of the Second Amendment? Well, Mark Bennett opposed it. Cruz said he was particularly concerned by Bennett’s involvement with an amicus brief in the Heller case arguing that the Second Amendment was only intended to protect state militias from federal interference and should not apply to state laws. Bennett claimed that he will abide by all Supreme Court decisions. During his hearing, Bennett told the committee that he would abide by all Supreme Court precedents. ‘If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the decision of the Supreme Court in Citizens United and all […]

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