I believe the political stars are aligning right now for the opening of a new front in the battle against our gun rights, via the election and work of an anti-gun president, the disarmament passions of the Washington elite and the United Nations, the appointments of gun prohibitionists in the White House and Supreme Court, and the funding of an anti-Second Amendment movement by billionaire progressives, such as George Soros.
Two weeks ago, I discussed President Barack Obama's anti-Second Amendment record and his administration's goal to use dormant treaties and global agencies to loosen the boundaries and binds of the Second Amendment. Last week, I further discussed the United Nations' participation in that treaty development and "consensus" process.
It is bad enough to have a plethora of government officials in Washington who abandon and abolish the principles of the Second Amendment, but it is far worse to have them in the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, dutifully designated with the honor of interpreting and applying our Constitution to cases across the land -- and with lifetime tenure, to boot.
To add insult to injury to the degradation of the Second Amendment, months back Obama appointed new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has a narrow view of the amendment. Then, a few weeks ago, Justice John Paul Stevens said he will retire in June, leaving Obama with an open field of liberal appointees.
Gun rights advocate and scholar David Kopel offered a summary overview of how Obama's potential replacements for Stevens measured up to the Second Amendment:
--Strongly ideological, highly committed gun prohibitionist: State Department legal adviser Harold Koh.
--Extensive records of anti-Second Amendment leadership: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
--Limited but clearly negative records on right to arms: judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland.
--Mixed record but with very little positive: Sen. Amy Klobuchar.