Kavanaugh: Protecting the Second Amendment for the Next Generation

President Trump with Judge Kavanaugh and family during his Supreme Court nomination

While the media and special interest groups have been in a frenzy since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, President Trump was finishing the selection process for his next Supreme Court Justice nomination. While none of the finalists had a record of opposing the “Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh arguably had the strongest record of supporting the Second Amendment, which is a win for gun owners.

After President Trump’s announcement, Judge Kavanaugh was offered a chance to make a statement. His opening point noted, “A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law.” Supporters of the Second Amendment can all breath a collective sigh of relief at this. Regardless of your personal politics, can you imagine the bias against the Second Amendment that a ‘President’ Hillary Clinton would have had when she nominated Justices to the Supreme Court?

The Second Amendment is very clear. Any justice who interprets the law as the founders of the Constitution intended cannot infringe on the Second Amendment or our rights. Judge Kavanaugh’s record speaks volumes about his strict adherence to the Constitution and original intent. For example, Judge Kavanaugh recently wrote a minority dissent regarding a case many dubbed to be Heller II. In this case, Judge Kavanaugh dissented:

In Heller, the Supreme Court held that handguns – the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic – are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens. There is no meaningful or persuasive constitutional distinction between semi-automatic handguns and semi-automatic rifles. Semi-automatic rifles, like semi-automatic handguns, have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens for self-defense in the home, hunting, and other lawful uses. Moreover, semi-automatic handguns are used in connection with violent crimes far more than semi-automatic rifles are. It follows from Heller’s protection of semi-automatic handguns that semi-automatic rifles are also constitutionally protected and that D.C.’s ban on them is unconstitutional. (By contrast, fully automatic weapons, also known as machine guns, have traditionally been banned and may continue to be banned after Heller.)

D.C.’s registration requirement, which is significantly more stringent than any other federal or state gun law in the United States, is likewise unconstitutional. Heller and later McDonald said that regulations on the sale, possession, or use of guns are permissible if they are within the class of traditional, “longstanding” gun regulations in the United States. Registration of all lawfully possessed guns – as distinct from licensing of gun owners or mandatory record-keeping by gun sellers – has not traditionally been required in the United States and even today remains highly unusual. Under Heller’s history, and tradition-based test, D.C.’s registration requirement is therefore unconstitutional.

While having another Supreme Court Justice with a record of upholding the original intent of the Second Amendment would be a win for gun owners, Judge Kavanaugh is far from being confirmed. Several forces, within the media, political circles, special interest groups, and grass roots efforts are rising up to oppose Kavanaugh. If you are a supporter of the Second Amendment, this is an opportunity to make your voice heard and ensure the Senate’s confirmation of a new justice who will protect the Second Amendment for the next generation and beyond.

Have you supported the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association or any other gun rights groups efforts to get Judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court? Will you? How? Share your answer in the comment section.


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Comments (27)

  1. To all you Kavanaugh supporters, YOU’VE GOT TO BE OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Apparently y’all did not do your research on this man. He is probably a CIA plant to SCOTUS. Who ever mentioned he should get what is rightfully his. Well you need to locked up in a loony bin. NO ONE has a rightful place in any part of government.

  2. The N R A is not a 2nd Amendment Foundation, by law its is a gun owners organization, it got its balls cut years ago when investigated by IRS, and is one reason it has a connected but Seperate “Legal” branch.
    It can file a Friends of Court, Amicus Brief, in support of individuals and groups defence of gun ownership, legality and Constitutionality, but not solely initiate a Challenge under 2nd.
    Not that many years back N R A’ s Leadership, members and it’s publications sided with governments wanting to outlaw all Black guns, at that time civilian and police carried mainly Colt M-15.
    I quote from its leadership’s views: There is no valid reason for sporting,its round to weak for hunting, target and competition events.
    And contrary to many thoughts, my original Colt M-15 has to be registered and grandfathered in , and must be kept under same condition as full.
    The N R A said it was a reasonable
    Through many years only one Group, 2nd Amendment Foundation has never compromised on Supporting the Origins and Intent of Constitution as a whole and damn well never backed down on 2nD.
    Read Jefferson’s comments on “Laws of the Land, and Legality versus “Spirit of the law”.
    Pure Bull crap propaganda of NATION of Rule of Law” has allowed legality to replace Spirit.
    Contrary to military B’S no one in military has served to protect Constitution or defend US soils in many a decade.
    They have a Commander in Chief only during a Congressional Declaration of War; President gained imminent danger clause, later, but he is a Civilian” until such time.
    Contrary to more B’S one does not have to support 100% the actions of President or any Cabinstes actions or actions of this nation.
    In fact founders called it “A duty” to resist any and all actions instituted by government outside of Constitutional limits.
    Why the he’ll do we have process of impeachment?
    A “Citizen Soldier” before they became warriors, had Right to Refuse any unlawfull Orders, not just of UCMJ but of Constitution.
    Rule of Law, the NAZI and Fascist of Germany Russia and Italy had Rule of Law, and they existed because they had no foundations of Spirit of Law.
    That Spirit began long years before American
    colonials revolted, in Magna Carta for instance that drew upon own past history.
    As an aside Freedom of Religion and Speech were nneeded additions because of abuses by primarily Protestant religious orgs trying to make States a single denomination State.
    Got lots of info and Blue Law facts to show it.

  3. I’m a little concerned of his interrpretation of the 4th amendment. Personally, that goes hand in hand with the 2nd. Please look up his stance on privacy. Thanks everyone for reading!

  4. I support the nomination of Judge Cavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the strongest possible way. There is nothing more straight forward than, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
    That is the way Judge Cavanaugh sees it as plainly stated, as it should be.He is the right one for the position, to interpret the law, not make the law.

  5. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights as written, were written to prevent change, not encourage it! Those that oppose the Constitution have pushed and pushed and pushed to try and say that the Constitution is a living document, meaning it’s up for interpretation. We know better, it is not a living document any more than my firearm can shoot others all by itself! It is not up to interpretation it says what it’s meant to say, period! Let’s not ever forget the 9th amendment to our Bill of Rights kept by the people “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

  6. I am a Veteran, and Constitution minded voter.
    And,I Support the nomination of Judge Kavanagh to the Supreme Court, and I even heard Senator Schumer, Refer to Judge Kavanagh, As Justice Kavanagh, by slip of the tongue the other day on TV. SO,LET’S CONFIRM IT! THANKS.

  7. We have the military protecting the USA. but that is not enough. If the Intellegent hard working true Americans that salute the Flag and believe in America are destroyed by the political False nonsense, then, the following will evolve: Democrats or the extremest on the left will take over causing the following….
    The Government will collapse and the chain reaction will follow:
    Intelligent hard working true Americans will become Citizens the want the Government to pay for all their needs.
    Then the Citizens will become addicts of some form of Drugs…
    Then, the Citizens will become Homeless Druggies…
    And then, finally, We will have the Dead Citizens which are what we watch on TV…
    They are called:
    “The walking dead”
    If you believe in Good v/s Evil, then you should be afraid, very afraid of what the future will become.
    Please support the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution. No mater what President is in office…

    Even if you don’t believe in GOD. At least the People the do believe in GOD are nice people.
    So. I ask you this one question:
    Would you rather live next to a a person that believes in GOD or someone that doesn’t?

  8. I am supporting a ÔÇ£ Second AmendmentÔÇØ
    Because, to have right protect my family.

    ÔÇ£ Second Amendment ÔÇ£ means : Self defense. ÔÇ£Self defenseÔÇØ less crimes because, for criminals is big risks make a crime when people are with rights ÔÇ£ Self defense.
    Olso ÔÇ£Second AmendmentÔÇØ is making progress and financial support with Gun end Rifle industry and it means: USA is strond and save.
    ThatÔÇÖs my a opinion.

  9. So confirming him as a new SC judge is all well and dandy for 2A rights but he shits on the rest of the Constitution with his religious beliefs. The United States was founded by and is a Secular country. We have a seperation of curch and state and the Establishment Clause for just that reason and his sorry ass will run this country even farther into the dirt.

  10. To “Hide Behind”. Your disrespect for the Constitution is misguided and unamerican. Your response is shameful and opens the door for chaos and death. Protecting ourselves is a Devine right and I feel sorry for you. You have the right, afforded to you by the same Constitution you quote selectively to say anything you want, I served proudly so you can enjoy all rights afforded to Americans. Have a good day and thank you for your thoughts.

    1. @Dan Upman: My disrespectful reply is, you don’t know me, nor of my respect for The founding Documents.
      The 2nd has not one I’m thing about protecting your butt from bandits, the Right of self defense was never questioned from long before there were such a thing as Americans, it is an ingrained instinct; well at least it was before 1960.
      The Bill of Rights came about”after the First Articles of Confederation were shown to not be strong enough to curtail central and even state abuse of power, and it’s Addition to Constitution was to protect the people as a common from Government over reach, “To limit Government.
      And am not sorry to say that 90% of immigrants, non and citizen alike, do not have one inkling of the Spirit and Ideals as put forth within the time and framework of those documents.
      I have help a few gain citizenship, and the may learn by rote requirements but as in every case the gov administrators main point is, you cannot work for government and your benefits may be limited by not being a citizen.
      The history that is mentioned is given by bureaucratic oafs, sworn before a majestrate of Admirality.
      My roots go back to mid 1600’s, and I belong or have belonged to more ultra and conservative political think groups of many have years.
      Military history runs in my bones but being an American runs in my blood, I have walked the remains of those Colonial streets because I had read ancestors words who walked, and some bled on them, before me.
      The Constitution today is no more than what it felt like after wife’s passing, everything physical was still there but houses were empty, now and then a breeze of her scent remains, and that is what our Constitution is today but a figment of the past.
      Today it stinks from rot and the piles of human excrement dumped upon it, with multiple groups each claiming what portion they want, cutting slice here and there.
      The 2nd was for defence of not just protection dirt, water and rich bastar..s, of our land but the ideal of founding from threats domestic and foreign.
      Ideals, as embodied in those documents.

  11. The framers did not restrict any “arms” and choose the word “infringe” for good reason. All these judges trying to white wash gun laws for any reason I have a problem with. Requiring anyone to register infringes, as does restricting any type of “arms”. A long range rifle in the 1800’s was just as devastating then as a machine gun is today – by the standards of the times. Any and all infringement must be stopped to abide by the constitution. You can’t infringe “a little” and be ok. All infringing must stop.

  12. I fully support Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the President of the United States, the NRA, CRPA, NRA_ILA, the USMC and all branches of the military and the Republic. Our founding documents and the principles established by them must never be undermined as they are today. Those who do not support this great nation 100% represent one of the most important elements of what this all means: FREEDOM, LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINES that is: Defending America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    We have all witnessed an attempted “Coup d’etat” be members of our government pitting people in one party to throw out people of the ruling party using the antics and efforts of people in all elements of our Government this past election and Presidency, The Donald J. Trump presidency. The Republic is in grave danger due to this form of simple mindedness, corruption and greed. We the People are being assaulted by our own lack of focus and support for the rule of law and this is tragic.

    I urge my fellow Americans to dig deep inside todays very creative minds and review our history from 1765 through today Avoid the easy way out by listening to Television Talking Heads and use your God Given powers to assess where America stands, “Make America Great Again” is a wake up call, in the simplest of terms. However, it means nothing unless Americans join together and “Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I support the rule of law, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, the three branches of Government, the defenders of those rights like: the NRA, CRPA, NRA-ILA, our military, police, etc. But most of all I believe in the strength and will of “We the People” to always do the right thing. Tell the men and women who work for us that they must follow the rule of law, believe in our Republic and stand together. They must also listen before they judge, use our brains before we decide on the basis of emotion.

  13. Let’s see: Trumps son in law gets a 1 Billion Dollar loan through Kennedy’s son’s bank, Kennedy retires and voila a half baked butt kissing pretty boy of upper class appears out of nowhere to replace him.
    Replacements only connection to US Constitution is, he “says” he is pro 2nd Amendment, good enough for gun owners support.
    2nd Amendment is no longer a Right, and the rulings have not one damn thing to do with, “Intent and Spirit” of that Right.
    I am glad we.can protect ourselves, and with permission purchase a self defence weapon; a weapon that Congress and Courts agree, can be limited and even outlawed by an edict of Executive Branch and State Legislations, and the Supreme Court agrees..
    This government has legalized corruption and removed all restrictions upon itself, members, and their sponsors while destroying any resemblance to our original Intent of national origins, and gun owners cheer the replacement of one oligarchs buffoon with another.
    When and the he’ll are gun owners going to wake up?
    Trump is not pro gun, the whole commons is non 2nd Amendment, and a what used to be a “Civil” Police Force has become a militarized branch of Federal Military Security, and they are darlings of majority of gun owners.
    More of same self delusions towards there being a 2nd Amendment with no one with guts to defend it, neutered mentally and physicly into no more than indoctrinated and propagandized herd animals.
    Party and crony politics is not supposed to be the basis of Supreme Court Rulings, a Right denied one individual is Rights denied all.
    So cheer another ads kissing pretty boy, but to protect his and his appointees interest, he will not stop gun confiscation and limitation, but will indeed continue the deterioration of Liberty and Freedom in future.
    That billion dollar loans to and for between people of power and ex elected and seated politicos become multi millionaires after 4 years in office does not bother, shows just how deep the selfie motive runs throughout our society.
    You and I got ours, and to he’ll with real 2nd, just as long as we might legally defend ourselves.

  14. ItÔÇÖs definitely a start. The Supreme Court has historically been a left wing machine. Perhaps we can put someone in there to break the ÔÇ£group thinkÔÇØ. The dissent posted above was a minor one.

  15. If an AR-15 had wood, straight grip stock, no carrying handle, was brown-red or bronze rather than black and was called an anti-assault minute man hunter. Would it be legal in California, New Jersey, and Connecticut?

    It would not be a military, assault style weapon at all but rather a semi-auto rifle like a Ruger 10/22.

    1. For the most part yes, it would be legal in CA. The folks who write the CA gun control laws in CA don’t understand firearms in general. I converted my perfectly good standard AR to a “featureless” design in order to not have to register it as an “assault weapon.” The rifle operates as well as it ever did, in some cases easier. And the best part? I now have a standard magazine release. What did I change: the grip, the stock, and traded the flash hider for a muzzle break. I don’t know what to call it now but I do know CA no longer considers it an assault weapon.
      This message comes to you from Behind Enemey Lines in CA.

  16. They all need to stop opposing him and give him what is rightfully his as he is the best qualified man for the job. My family and I are all life members of the NRA. I have also signed emailed petitions from Liberty Council, the NRA, and others pushing for a swift confirmation of
    Judge Kavanaugh. I hope everyone gets involved in whatever ways they can to voice what should have already been done without fight or tears from the Dems. We all need to be couragous and stand for what is right! God bless ya’ll!

  17. I need my right to free speech. I need my right to bear arms. I need the right to choose my own religion. I need the right to free enterprise. I need a life of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I need all of my rights that is guaranteed to me! Therefore, if the Honorable Mr. Kavanaugh resides in the Supreme Court, then I am presumably assured that my rights are protected because he stated, “A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law.” Which is written in our Constitution “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That statement is set in stone in my view and Mr. Kavanaugh protects my rights in this country. It is not threatened by his appointment but only enhanced by his presence.

  18. Kavanaugh is a big supporter of corporate money in politics, and appears to support forcing women who become pregnant or are raped/incenst to bear their babies. His 2A support is welcome, but his other reactionary views are not.

  19. Yes indeed … however I would like to go one step further and say that lets all hope that he is commited to the constitution as well as ALL the ammendments.

  20. The Supreme court has been a liberal haven for decades, using judges as advocates. I hope with this appointment some bad rulings will be overturned. I’m a member of the NRA, GOA and NAGR. I figure it can’t hurt to spread the money around. Hopefully between them we can get some of our rights back.

  21. I hope his statement regarding “not traditionally banned” does not indicate his support for the Hughes Amendment, or even NFA 1934, should we ever gain an opportunity to repeal them.

    1. This is my concern as well. I am leery of anyone that isn’t of the mindset that we should repeal all gun control laws.

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