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Sent your personal letter yet? Congress disses NRA

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by daorhgih, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. daorhgih

    daorhgih member

    Jan 25, 2008
    And congress will diss YOU too unless you let your INDIVIDUAL RIGHT be known. THE POWERS ignore the NRA.

    NRA stays out of Sotomayor fight
    By Alexander Bolton
    Posted: 05/28/09 12:35 PM [ET]
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) is staying on the sidelines in the battle over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, to the dismay of conservative activists who hoped that the gun-rights group would pressure conservative Democratic senators to oppose her.

    Republicans have repeatedly tried to draw the NRA into court fights over the years but with little success. The Bush administration, for example, tried to persuade the group to support a number of its nominees, as did Senate Republicans.

    But the NRA has often stayed aloof because few nominees have taken clear stands in favor of or opposed to the Second Amendment and other laws affecting gun ownership.

    Sotomayor, however, sat on a panel that issued an opinion in a controversial case that could impact gun-owners’ rights, Maloney v. Cuomo. Sotomayor and other members of the court ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states, only to the federal government. The plaintiff in the case argued that a state law barring him from owning nunchucks, a martial arts weapon, violated his constitutional right to bear arms.

    Sotomayor’s court also ruled that the Supreme Court’s decision District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated the District’s law against handgun possession, did not go so far as to apply the Second Amendment to state law.

    This ruling has given some Senate Republican aides and conservative activists hope that the NRA would immerse itself in the debate over Sotomayor.

    But a spokesman for the organization said it’s staying on the sidelines for now.
  2. Superpsy

    Superpsy Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Central OH
    That isn't valid anymore. Older article.


  3. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
    This is very old. The NRA is not sitting this one out as the article claims.

    Back in May they were waiting to hear from her. After she spoke the NRA came out clearly against her. After that the NRA did announce it would count votes "for" Sotomayer in it's tabulation of NRA ratings for legislators.

    NRA probably waited too long to do it, but they are not sitting it out.
  4. TexasBill

    TexasBill Senior Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Texas Gulf Coast
    I have never figured out why the Second Amendment would not apply to the states. In case after case, courts have ruled that other civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution supersede state laws. What really gets to me is the media is first to squeal when it perceives something to be a threat to freedom of the press or free speech, yet it is hostile to the one right that protects all the rest.

    THE DARK KNIGHT Senior Member

    Jul 3, 2009
    The Sotomayor debate is pointless, and the conservatives are right for just paying lip service to pro-life, 2A groups. constitution, etc. The justice she is replacing is a liberal who votes the same way she will, the congress vote is stacked in her favor. By opposing her, republicans fight a pointless battle and risk losing the hispanic/female voting block next election. People like Sessions are entirely right for grilling her at the hearing, then turning around and just saying "ok she's good I'll vote for her"
  6. Fleetwood_Captain

    Fleetwood_Captain Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Will County, IL

    Souter was one of the inept justices that voted against the second amendment in DC vs. Heller. Ironically, he was nominated to the bench by George HW Bush.

    To me, it doesn't seem like we are gaining or losing much here. Just swapping one clown for another.
  7. Logos

    Logos member

    May 31, 2007
    The Far North
    I'm encouraged by the recent gun control activity.

    It's been an improvement over the previous 25 years or so.

    Right now......knock on wood.....things are in a strange sort of limbo for the anti's.
  8. mp510

    mp510 Senior Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    I don't politically like Sotomayor, but it is clear that the NRA is being very hypocritical re. her nomination. You don't talk about no litmus tests fror years and then start pushing for litmus tests. If they want nominees that support their position, they should fight that much harder for executive offices in the future.

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