Time to put the heat on your Senators as Sotomayor hearings begin.

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Should We be Surprised by Sotomayor’s Radical Views? 
— Time to put the heat on your Senators as hearings begin 

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 

“I will be talking [to Judge Sotomayor] about the question of 
foreign law and the question of [her] commitment to the Second 
Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms….  President Obama, who 
nominated Judge Sotomayor, has a rather limited view of what the Second 
Amendment guarantees.” — Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), June 2009 

Monday, July 13, 2009 

Today, the U.S. Senate commences hearings on Justice Sonia Sotomayor, 
who was nominated by President Obama to replace the retiring Judge 
David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

In many ways, Sotomayor’s views are out-of-step with our American 
heritage and with the views of Americans in general.  For example, 
Sotomayor believes that our fundamental law is constantly evolving and 
that rights are constantly changing with the times. 

But should we be surprised?  The President who nominated her holds some 
of the most radical views ever held by a resident of the White House.   
His take on the Constitution — and the Second Amendment in particular 
— has stationed him to the far left on the political spectrum. 

Consider just a small snapshot of his record over the years: 

* As President, Obama has nationalized much of the car and banking 
industry and is now looking to do the same with health care.  Even the 
Marxist President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, joked on live television 
last month that he and Fidel Castro need to be careful or else “we 
are going to end up to [Obama’s] right.” 

* As a U.S. Senator, Obama was ranked by the National Journal in 2007 
as the most liberal legislator in that chamber.  Realize that such a 
ranking put Obama to the left of 99 other Senators — including an 
open, self-avowed socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). 

* Like many socialists, Obama has supported some of the most extreme 
positions on gun control:  supporting a ban on handguns, opposing the 
repeal of the draconian DC gun ban, opposing the right of self-defense 
for residents in the Chicago suburbs, and much more. 

Obama’s brand of far-left politics sees the Constitution as moldable as 
a ball of wax.  In a 2001 interview, he criticized earlier Supreme 
Courts for “never ventur[ing] into the issues of redistribution of 
wealth….  It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that 
were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.” 

Sotomayor appears to have the same view of our highest document, as she 
stated in 1996 that law is not “static and predictable,” but 
“constantly overhaul[ed] and adapt[ed] [by lawyers and courts] to 
the realities of ever-changing social, industrial and political 
conditions.” 

ACTION:  Please urge your two Senators to vote AGAINST the Sotomayor 
nomination.  Tell them to cast a pro-gun vote on EVERY vote related to 
Judge Sonia Sotomayor (whether it’s a vote on sustaining a filibuster 
or a vote on final passage). 

Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at 
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your legislators the 
pre-written e-mail message below. 

—– Pre-written letter —– 

Dear Senator: 

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s views are out-of-step with our American 
heritage and with the views of Americans in general.  Not surprisingly, 
the Rasmussen polling firm reported on July 1 that more Americans 
oppose her nomination than support her. 

Sotomayor believes that our fundamental law is constantly evolving and 
that rights are constantly changing with the times.  But a majority of 
Americans disagree.  Multiple polls have found that almost 
three-fourths of all Americans believe that the Second Amendment of the 
U.S. Constitution protects the rights of “individuals” to own 
guns.  Not so for Judge Sotomayor: 

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

* And earlier this year, Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel 
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 the Nordyke case in April that the Second 
Amendment does apply to the states. 

Please cast a pro-gun vote on EVERY vote related to Judge Sonia 
Sotomayor (whether it’s a vote on sustaining a filibuster or a vote on 
final passage). 

I would like to hear back from you on this.  Although rest assured, Gun 
Owners of America will keep me up to date on any further developments. 

Sincerely, 

(your name)

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