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From GOA, who's next for USSC?? Some mentioned below.

Discussion in 'Legal' started by alan, Oct 28, 2005.

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  1. alan

    alan Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    sowest pa.
    As Harriet Miers Withdraws Her Nomination For The Supreme Court...
    Gun owners must ask President Bush for a SOLID constitutionalist!

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

    Friday, October 28, 2005

    You've no doubt heard the news: Harriet Miers withdrew her
    nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court. From the little we have been
    able to glean about her views and record, this is probably a good
    thing for us.

    So now we're back to square one -- the President will need to find a
    replacement for the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

    Once again, we need to raise our voices and remind President Bush
    that we do not want someone who is simply a friend of his but is,
    rather, a friend of the Constitution.

    In months past, news reports have indicated that Attorney General
    Alberto Gonzales is currently on the President's "short list."
    That's not encouraging. Readers can go to
    http://www.gunowners.org/a071105.htm on the GOA webpage to see our
    analysis of Gonzales' anti-gun record.

    As we have previously reported, there are several sitting justices
    who would make excellent choices for the new vacancy. For example,
    Justice Janice Rogers Brown is one of the most recently confirmed
    judges to the federal courts. Brown was confirmed by the Senate in
    June by a 56-43 vote.

    As a Justice on the California Supreme Court, Brown referred to
    Roosevelt's New Deal as our "own socialist revolution." In
    regard to
    taxpayer supported welfare, she said that, "Theft is theft even when
    the government approves of the thievery."

    On gun rights, Brown sounds like a modern-day Annie Oakley. She used
    language from an amicus curiae brief that was submitted by Gun Owners
    of California to argue against Los Angeles' ban on gun shows.

    And her most extensive Second Amendment scholarship appeared in the
    case involving the California ban on semi-automatic firearms (Kassler
    v. Lockyer). In a decision upholding the California ban on certain
    semi-autos (the so-called "assault weapons"), she faulted the U.S.
    Supreme Court for picking and choosing which rights it liked.

    She most definitely came down on the right side, stating that the
    individual right to keep and bear arms is a "right expressly
    guaranteed by the Bill of Rights."

    There are other conservative judges who are currently on the federal
    bench who also have a high regard for the U.S. Constitution. Judge
    Samuel Alito, Jr., in the Third Circuit, has argued that Congress has
    no right to regulate the private possession of machine guns. There
    is Edith Jones in the Fifth Circuit who understands that our
    "unalienable rights were given by God to all our fellow citizens."

    And in the Ninth Circuit, Judge Alex Kozinski has chided his liberal
    colleagues for falling prey to the popular delusion that we are
    "better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the
    government payroll." He cites chapter and verse, showing how gun
    control has been used to subjugate blacks in the South, as well as
    other minorities all across the world.

    "All too many of the other great tragedies of history -- Stalin's
    atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name
    but a few -- were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed
    populations," Kozinski said. "Many could well have been avoided or
    mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were
    equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act
    required here."

    [To see Kozinski's entire dissenting opinion against the California
    semi-auto ban, go to http://www.gunowners.org/op0326.htm on the GOA

    Finally, there's also Justice Sam Cummings in the Fifth District. He
    wrote the superb opinion in the Emerson case, which declared that Dr.
    Timothy Emerson's Second Amendment rights were violated by a 1994 law
    which prohibits persons under restraining orders from possessing
    firearms. There is no appeal in such proceedings, and they often
    amount to little more than a rubberstamp by a local magistrate.

    The point should be clear. There are good judges who can fill the
    void on the Court. Despite his friendship with Alberto Gonzales, the
    President should be reminded that millions of people did not flock to
    the polls to defeat Al Gore and John Kerry just so he could appoint
    liberal anti-gunners to the high court.

    ACTION: Please contact President Bush and urge him to nominate a
    constitutionalist to the Supreme Court. And remind him that American
    gun owners do NOT want Alberto Gonzales, or anyone like him, to sit
    on the Court.

    You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send the President the
    pre-written message below. You can also contact the President using
    any of the following mediums:

    Comment line: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    FAX: 202-456-2461
    E-Mail: president@whitehouse.gov

    --- Pre-written letter ---

    Dear President Bush:

    With the withdrawal of Harriet Miers' nomination, you are once again
    faced with a tremendous opportunity to appoint a SOLID constitutional
    scholar who truly understands the rule of law and respects the Bill
    of Rights.

    I want to urge you, in the strongest of terms, to realize Alberto
    Gonzales is NOT that man! As one who respects the Constitution and
    the Bill of Rights (especially the Second Amendment), I hope that you
    will not appoint someone who holds views similar to those of

    You made an excellent choice in putting Justice Janice Rogers Brown
    on the federal bench. She understands the Second Amendment protects
    an individual right, and she realizes that the Supreme Court is
    supposed to interpret, not make, the laws.

    I hope that you will nominate either her or someone like her to the
    Supreme Court -- such as Judges Samuel Alito, Jr. (in the Third
    District), Alex Kozinski (in the Ninth District), or Sam Cummings (in
    the Fifth District). Thank you.

  2. spartacus2002

    spartacus2002 Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    NPR was talking about a recess appointment that the Senate would have to undo next Spring if they disapproved... I'd love to eat crow if GW would appoint Janice Rogers Brown as a recess appointment:what:
  3. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    Nov 8, 2004
    Spring Hill, Florida
    JRB recess appointment would be funny as hell.

    I'd personally be more worried about a gonzales or miers recess appointment.

    Bush has been behaving especially selfishly lately and he might want to spite conservatives for not kowtowing on miers.
  4. Waitone

    Waitone Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    The Land of Broccoli and Fingernails
    Bush was bitch-slapped by his base for the Miers boner. I got an idea the same base would bitch-slap him again if he pulls a Gonzales boner. I'm reading his base as being fed up and wanting to see actions and not platitudes.
  5. captain obvious

    captain obvious Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Fairfax County VA (Wolf's district NOT Moran's) -
    If he appoints Gonzalez it might be a bit more than a bitch-slap IMHO.

    Bush is playing with fire in regards the future of the party - is he ignorant or arrogant?
  6. Sam

    Sam Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Alamogordo, New Mexico
    Bush is both ignorant and arrogant.
    I consider a recess appointment of Gonzales to be highly likely, and totally unacceptable.

  7. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    I think you're mostly right, although I think lots of conservatives would object to being called Bush's "base." He's just what we've got at the moment.
  8. Kurush

    Kurush Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    According to Bob Novak, for whatever it's worth:
  9. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 26, 2002
  10. KriegHund

    KriegHund Member

    Feb 18, 2005
    Colorado, Broomfield
    I Sent an emial. Dunno if itll help much, but at least i tried...
  11. GlenJ

    GlenJ Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Chesapeake VA
    I hope he nominates someone fast I'm tired of hearing about Scooter Libby.
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