The National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action’s Executive Director Chris Cox disputed the notion that the NRA had a gag order placed on its Board of Directors regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan. He joined NRA News radio host Cam Edwards on Tuesday telling the radio talker, “A blog out there said that the National Rifle Association has put a gag order on its board of directors as it relates to Elena Kagan. Well first of all, that’s just outrageous. It’s a lie–just the reality of trying to put a gag on Ted Nugent?”
While the NRA will wait until the confirmation hearing ends, Mr. Cox hints that the NRA is not encouraged by what the already know about S.G. Kagan.
“I think her testimony mirrors her background which does not give me any hope whatsoever that she’s a supporter of the Second Amendment, but its important to know that the NRA has a policy much like the Republicans in the Senate and the Democrats in the Senate to withhold our official position until after the confirmation hearings,” he said.
“What we’ve heard only re-enforces the concerns we had about Elena Kagan from the get go. Have we made an official position? Not yet, but at the appropriate time after the confirmation hearings are over we are going to make our position known.”
Ms. Kagan’s thoughts did not seem to be explicitly hostile toward Second Amendment issues. She stated to Senator Grassley, Iowa Republican, that an American’s right to own firearms is “settled law.”
he Des Moines Register noted her response further:
“I think the fundamental legal question would be whether the Constitution guarantees an individual’s right to bear arms, and Heller held that it did, and that’s good precedent going forward,” Kagan said, referring to a 2008 decision in which the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns.
However, it appears that S.G. Kagan’s response does not put the NRA at ease. The recent high court decision that nationally expands a 2008 Supreme Court decision regarding Second Amendment rights, known as Heller v. District of Columbia, was a victory for Second Amendment supporters. Justice Sotomayor voted with the minority in the five to four decision.
The NRA’s Executive Director reminded the NRA News audience that during the confirmation hearings for Justice Sonia Sotomayor earlier this year, she also made vague statements when asked about Second Amendment issues:
“There are a couple of things that are outrageous when it comes to Sotomayor. One is she went up before the same confirmation hearing process, and Chairman Leahy asked her a question about gun rights, and she said almost verbatim that ‘ I understand gun rights are very important to many, many Americans. I have a granddaughter who is a member of the National Rifle Association. I have friends who hunt, and I fully respect and understand the decision in the Heller case.’” he said.
“That is shocking. It’s a blatant disregard for the truth. It’s a blatant 180 to what she told members of the committee and what she told the United States Senate.”