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The National Rifle Association announced Thursday it will oppose Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court and plans to score senators' votes in its annual evaluation of their records.
"Unfortunately, Ms. Kagan's record on the Second Amendment gives us no confidence that if confirmed to the Court, she will faithfully defend the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding Americans," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president and chief operating officer and Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As evidence that Kagan has "repeatedly demonstrated a clear hostility" to gun rights, the NRA letter cites a memo Kagan wrote years ago as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall saying she was "not sympathetic" to a challenge to the District of Columbia's handgun ban, as well as her work on a now-expired assault weapons ban when she was a White House aide to President Bill Clinton.
Last year, the NRA also opposed Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the high court and scored the confirmation vote.
"Is it safe to say that you accept the Supreme Court's decision as establishing that the Second Amendment right is an individual right? Is that correct?" Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked her. "Yes, sir," Sotomayor replied.
But fast-forward to this week and the McDonald v. Chicago ruling just handed down and we find Sotomayor joining a dissent that says,"I can find nothing in the Second Amendment's text, history or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as 'fundamental' insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes."