Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Bradys Have Spoken

Google alerts picked up the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership's news release about Sotomayor this morning. I found it intriguing.

"During the second day of her Senate confirmation hearings, Judge Sotomayor has now been asked for her views on the Second Amendment. She has given clear and responsible answers, while not pre-judging any issues that may come before her on the Court. We have been impressed with her presentation.

"In stark contrast, gun lobby extremists have revealed their preference for an activist Supreme Court Justice who would support their ‘any gun, anywhere, anytime’ ideology. Judge Sotomayor's comments today as well as her judicial opinions in cases involving gun laws, however, show respect for the Constitution, for precedent and for the considered judgments of legislative bodies in protecting communities from gun violence.

"Judge Sotomayor’s background and her experience as a prosecutor have given her an invaluable understanding of the devastating impact of gun violence on families and communities. Because of her experience enforcing gun laws, she brings to the bench an appreciation of the importance of those laws in protecting our citizens.
Translation: the Brady Campaign was afraid to endorse her until after she had proven herself in the hearings. They had some fear (probably not much, but some) that she might go off the reservation and say something about words meaning what they mean or some other horrible nonsense that might lead her to be an "activist" judge--which for them, means a judge who doesn't do what they say. I especially enjoyed the part where one paragraph talked about her judicial restraint and her refusal to pre-judge, while the next paragraph lauded her for pre-judging 2nd Amendment cases from the point of view of an anti-gun prosecutor.

1 comment:

Thirdpower said...

Obviously the AHSA had the inside track on her support for gun control.