Rabidly Anti-gun Sotomayor is Unacceptable

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Obama Picks Anti-gun Judge for the Supreme Court 
— Time to start contacting your Senators right away 

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 
http://www.gunowners.org 


Friday, May 29, 2009 


Unless you’ve taken a very long Memorial Day vacation, you’ve no doubt 
heard the big news. 

President Obama has picked an anti-gun radical to replace Justice David 
Souter on the Supreme Court. 

Obama’s pick is Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is currently on the U.S. 
Court of Appeals for the Second District.  There she has racked up an 
anti-Second Amendment record and has displayed contempt for the rule of 
law under the Constitution. 

The Heller decision put the Supreme Court in support of the 
Constitutional protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms. 
Sotomayor, a politically correct lover of centralized government power 
(as long as she is part of the power elite), immediately went into 
counter-attack mode against the Heller decision. 

Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel earlier this year which ruled 
in Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment does not apply to the 
states.  As she and her cohorts claimed, the Supreme Court has not yet 
incorporated the states under the Second Amendment.  Until then, she 
believes, the Second only applies to the District of Columbia. 

This is pure judicial arrogance — something Sotomayor relishes (as long 
as she is one of the ruling judges).  In fact, protection of the right 
to keep and bear arms was a major objective for enactment of the 
Fourteenth Amendment, as recently freed slaves were being disarmed and 
terrorized in their neighborhoods. 

But Sotomayor disdains this important right of individuals, as indicated 
by an earlier opinion from 2004.  In United States v. Sanchez-Villar, 
she stated that “the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental 
right.” 

Sotomayor has held very anti-gun views, even as far back as the 1970s. 
Fox Cable News reported yesterday that in her senior thesis at Princeton 
University, she wrote that America has a “deadly obsession” 
with guns 
and that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an individual right to 
firearms ownership. 

Sotomayor’s Second Amendment views go hand in hand with her politically 
correct views on the law and the role of judges. 

In a speech given at Duke University in 2005, she made it abundantly 
clear that judges are involved in making policy.  Realizing that this 
did not sound very judicial (even though most judges act on this basis), 
Sotomayor tried to laugh off her brazen admission: “I know this is on 
tape and I should never say that, [audience laughing], because we don’t 
make law — I know.  Um, okay. I know, I’m not promoting it, I’m not 
advocating it.”  The audience continued to laugh.  They got the joke. 

But Sotomayor’s joke will be on us and our liberties if she gets 
confirmed to the Supreme Court.  And that is why we need to start 
contacting our Senators early and often, urging them to vote against 
this dangerous nomination. 

ACTION:  Please contact your two Senators and urge them to oppose the 
nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.  You can 
go to the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at 
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the 
pre-written e-mail message below. 


—– Pre-written letter —– 

Dear Senator: 

If you cherish the Second Amendment and agree that it protects an 
individual right to keep and bear arms — as stated by the recent Heller 
decision — then you must vote against Judge Sonia Sotomayor. 

This choice for the Supreme Court is totally unacceptable!  Consider a 
partial rendering of her anti-gun record: 

* Sotomayor ruled in United States v. Sanchez-Villar (2004) that “the 
right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right.” 

* Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel earlier this year which 
ruled in Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment does not apply to 
the states.  This makes her more liberal than the Ninth Circuit, which 
stated in April that the Second Amendment does apply to the states. 

* Sotomayor has held very anti-gun views, even as far back as the 1970s. 
Fox Cable News reported on May 28 that in her senior thesis at Princeton 
University, she wrote that America has a “deadly obsession” 
with guns 
and that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an individual right to 
firearms ownership. 

I will consider a vote in favor of Sotomayor as the most anti-gun vote a 
Senator could cast.  To send an anti-gun liberal judge to the Supreme 
Court for the rest of her life is to establish “legislation without 
representation.”  After all, she says that the courts are where policy 
is made, and once she’s there, we’ll never be able to vote her out. 

Again, please vote against this dangerous nomination. 

Sincerely, 

(your name)

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