The nomination of Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States is proof positive that elections do matter, especially the one last November in which Donald J. Trump surprised the press, pundits, Democrats and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
And now Trump has fulfilled yet another of his campaign promises by nominating a judge with a perspective similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat on the high court Gorsuch will fill if confirmed by the Senate.
Already, it appears that every political critic and crank is coming out of the woodwork to denounce this nomination. The New York Times is editorializing that Gorsuch has been nominated to fill “a stolen seat” on the court that should have been occupied by Barack Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland.
Last fall’s election was not just for the White House, but the Supreme Court and federal courts, which had been stacked with liberal activist jurists by Obama. At risk, had Clinton won and continued tilting the courts to the far left, was the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment.
Early Wednesday, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb said in a prepared statement that SAF is “especially impressed with the fact that he has observed in a legal opinion that ‘the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly’.”
“Antonin Scalia was a remarkable justice with a fine legal mind,” Gottlieb said. “It is our impression that Judge Gorsuch is cut from the same cloth. If he is confirmed by the Senate – and we see no reason why that should not happen – it is our expectation that Neil Gorsuch will prove himself to be a tremendous addition to the court, and among the wisest decisions in Donald Trump’s presidency.”
Perhaps Gottlieb is being overly optimistic. Democrats and liberal activists are vowing to fight the Gorsuch nomination. Anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is already on the attack, though he hasn’t actually promised to oppose the nomination. He was quoted by Syracuse.com asserting, “Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court.”
Schumer voted along with other Democrats to confirm Gorsuch to the appeals court back in 2006, according to MRCTV.org.
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