President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court elicited varied reactions from both the proponents and antagonists of the Second Amendment rights.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation applauded the decision, calling for the Senate to confirm her swiftly.
Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel, said that Barrett would serve the nation with distinction. Keane added that the judge would "reaffirm the importance of originalist jurists" in protecting the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
"We are pleased to lend our support to President Trump's nomination of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to approve her nomination as expeditiously as possible," Keane said.
Bloomberg-funded anti-gun groups opposed her nomination, citing her extreme stance on the Second Amendment rights. Everytown For Gun Safety said that Barrett had no place on the Supreme Court.
Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said that Barrett would be a terrible choice for the safety of the American people.
"Giving her a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court will make us all less safe, and our grassroots army of nearly 6 million supporters is going to fight like hell to stop that from happening," Watts said.
Barrett's designation as a Second Amendment extremist by the Left stems from her 2019 dissent in a case involving Ricky Kanter, who was convicted of mail-in Medicare fraud. Kanter permanently lost his Second Amendment rights after the court sentenced him to a year in prison.
Judge Barrett penned a dissent arguing that, based on the original texts of the Second Amendment document, the conviction of non-violent offenders did not automatically take their gun rights away.
Barrett also pointed out there's no proof that disarming non-violent offenders improves public safety. She also disputed that mail fraud, which Kanter was involved in, was linked to firearm misuse.
The judge, however, agreed that the conviction of violent offenders was enough grounds for denying them access to firearms.
Ironically, the Liberals are working hard to ensure convicted felons can vote in states such as Florida. They're calling for criminal justice system reform to have the voting rights of felons restored. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats only support the restoration of the rights that will benefit their party, given that most felons vote for the Democratic Party.
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