Biden’s Attorney General Pick Merrick Garland Confirms He’s President’s Rubber Stamp for Gun Control
President Joe Biden’s Attorney General Pick Merrick Garland confirmed that he’d toe the line on gun control. Garland, a federal appeals court judge confirmed that he’d pursue Biden’s gun control policy during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
When questioned about the constitutionality of an “assault weapons” ban, Garland skirted around the issue but indicated that he would pursue Biden’s gun control policy.
“As I’m sure you know, the president is a strong supporter of gun control and has been an advocate all of his life, professional life, on this question,” Garland told Senate committee members. “The role of the Justice Department is to advance the policy program of the administration as long as it is consistent with the law.”
He added that the Supreme Court had not given an indication on gun control and there was “room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued.” He added that Biden was entitled to pursue gun control measures under such circumstances.
Garland was among the justices who wanted to delay the determination of the District of Columbia v. Heller case, determining that Americans had the right to own firearms for self-defense, through en banc hearing. Unsurprisingly, Biden would not appoint someone to head the Justice department unless he or she shared in his disdain for Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
Garland defended his position on delaying D.C. v. Heller ruling claiming that he was not the only justice to object.
“I thought this was an extremely important issue, important enough since it was the very first time that we should hear it en banc,” Garland said. “I was not the only judge, and other judges including a judge appointed by the by a president of a different party also voted and for the same reason.”
He also disputed that the constitution allows Americans to possess loaded guns in public and the immunity of gun manufacturers accorded by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Biden promised to repeal the act and allow the public to sue gun manufacturers for third-party actions for which the gunmakers had no control over.
Unfortunately, Garland is expected to be confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is because voting against his confirmation would not prevent Biden from selecting another anti-gun candidate. Consequently, voting against every Biden’s pick would only lead to a constitutional crisis.
Garland was fronted by the Obama administration to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, but Republican Senators refused to compromise. Justice Scalia was a strong proponent of the second amendment rights and contributed immensely to the passing of the D.C. v. Heller landmark case.
It seems that the primary selection criterion for Biden’s top pick is the hostility towards American’s right to own firearms for self-defense. It’s a depressing situation for voters who believed that Biden was a champion for the second amendment rights.
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