Senate Judiciary Votes “Yes” on Sonia Sotomayor
— Full Senate to vote on her nomination soon
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It was nearly a party-line vote. While every Democrat on the Senate
Judiciary Committee voted in favor of Judge Sonia Sotomayor today,
almost every Republican voted against her… all except for turncoat
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Apparently, the flighty Republican did not care that Judge Sotomayor has
demonstrated an extreme anti-gun bias in her private and public life.
Not only that, she has expressed racist views in multiple speeches over
the years, and she has proven — in her actions and words — that she is
committed to IGNORING THE CONSTITUTION!
The Sotomayor nomination now moves to the U.S. Senate floor, where gun
owners definitely face an uphill battle.
Press reports have indicated that Sotomayor is giving Senators private
assurances that she will follow Supreme Court precedents on the Second
Amendment. This is ridiculous, of course, but it doesn’t help that a
liberal front group claiming to support the Second Amendment — the
American Hunters and Shooters Association — is supporting Sotomayor,
giving cover to wavering Democrats.
Politico.com reports that AHSA “will be highlighted as part of a
rapid-fire response strategy Democrats plan to launch to respond to GOP
The fact that AHSA endorsed Obama during the campaign should demonstrate
that this group is nothing more than a Trojan horse. That’s why we need
Senators to know that gun owners consider a vote for Sotomayor to be one
of the most ANTI-GUN votes they could ever cast and that front groups
like AHSA don’t speak for you!
ACTION: Please contact your two Senators and urge them to vote NO on
Judge Sotomayor. Tell them that the American Hunters and Shooters
Association doesn’t speak for you. 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 —–
The confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be a horrible choice for
Americans — not to mention the gun owners of this country. Throughout
her career, Judge Sonia Sotomayor has shown that she opposes the right
to keep and bear arms, denies there is a constitutional right to
self-defense, and frequently ignores constitutional and statutory
However, I understand that a front group called the American Hunters and
Shooters Association is supporting Sotomayor, giving cover to wavering
Please understand that AHSA is NOT a pro-gun organization. This
organization shares many of the same goals as the Brady Campaign, and it
is nothing more than a Trojan horse in the gun rights community.
After all, this is a group that according to records from 2005 had fewer
than 150 dues paying individual members. Its founding president, Ray
Schoenke, donated money to the radical Handgun Control, Inc. — a group
that argued in favor of the DC gun ban (which was struck down by the
Supreme Court last year). And another of its founding members, John
Rosenthal, was also the founder of Stop Handgun Violence.
I am a proud supporter of Gun Owners of America, and they do speak for
me and the gun rights community when they say that Judge Sonia Sotomayor
is bad for the Constitution… bad for the Second Amendment… and bad