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U.S. SENATE IS PREPARING TO VOTE FOR A RADICAL ANTI-GUN-RIGHTS EXTREMIST FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE:
TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON SOTOMAYOR!
Dear Gun Owners and Supporters of the Second Amendment:
America is getting closer and closer to seeing a radically anti-gun-rights extremist confirmed to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court... and the U.S. Senate is going to make sure it happens THIS COMING WEEK... unless YOU AND I stop them!
You and I know that it is extremely important that a Supreme Court justice understand and appreciate the origin and meaning of the Second Amendment, a constitutional guarantee permanently enshrined in the Bill of Rights. The record of Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, on the Second Amendment should causes cause every patriotic American grave concern over her treatment of this enumerated constitutional right.
Last year, the Supreme Court decided the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller, holding that the Second Amendment guarantees to all law-abiding, responsible citizens the individual right to keep and bear arms, particularly for self-defense. Following Heller, the Supreme Court is almost certain to decide next year whether the Second Amendment applies to states and local governments, as it does to the federal government (see NRA v. Chicago and McDonald v. Chicago.)
While sitting as a federal judge on the Second Circuit Appeals Court, Judge Sotomayor revealed her views on the right to keep and bear arms in Maloney v. Cuomo, a case decided after Heller, yet holding that the Second Amendment is NOT a fundamental right, that it does NOT apply to the states, and that if an object is "designed primarily as a weapon" then that is a sufficient basis for total prohibition -- even within the home!
Earlier, in a 2004 case, United States v. Sanchez-Villar, Sotomayor and two colleagues perfunctorily dismissed a Second Amendment claim, holding that "the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right." Imagine if such a view were expressed about other fundamental rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, such as the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments!
Surprisingly, Heller was a 5-4 decision, with some justices arguing that the Second Amendment does not apply to private citizens or that if it does, even a total gun ban could be upheld if a "legitimate governmental interest" could be found. The dissenting justices also found D.C.'s absolute ban on handguns within the home to be a "reasonable" restriction. If this had been the majority view, then ANY gun ban could be upheld, and the Second Amendment would be meaningless!
The Second Amendment survives today by a single vote in the Supreme Court. Both its application to the states AND whether there will be a meaningfully strict standard of review remain to be decided by the High Court. Judge Sotomayor has already revealed her views on these issues -- and they are obviously contrary to the intent and purposes of the Second Amendment and Bill of Rights. As supporters of the Second Amendment who are deeply concerned about preserving all fundamental rights for current and future generations of Americans, we need to strongly oppose this nominee, and URGE the Senate NOT to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor -- NOW. Please, CLICK HERE NOW to send Blast Faxes to EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE U.S. SENATE, telling them to REJECT Sonia Sotomayor when the vote on her nomination comes up!
Alan Gottlieb, Chairman Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
P.S. As tens of thousands of faxes are already pouring in to the Senate offices on Capitol Hill, the CCRKBA is already LOBBYING HARD to make sure that our Congressmen follow through on ALL of our demands to protect and support the Second Amendment. But lobbying costs money -- so we need YOUR help to keep pounding away on these legislators to do the right thing!
Like all other threats against our freedoms, we must rise and defeat this nomination -- slap it down hard.
To stop Obama's backdoor anti-gun nomination and hold him to his promise that he would not try to take away anyone's firearms, we need to let the U.S. Senate know with thousands of faxes telling them to leave guns alone.
But it's going to take Americans like you, who understand what our Founding Fathers envisioned for our nation -- and who are willing to fight to defend our Constitution and for what it stands.
So please, help the Citizens Committee and me defeat those who wish to gut and trash the United States Constitution.
Help us flood the U.S. Senate with a sea of FAXES big enough to drown each and every Senator willing to vote away the Second Amendment.
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