BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Failing to get traction for his anti-gun agenda in Congress, Barack Obama is trying instead to stack the federal courts with liberal anti-gunners, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œPresident Obamaâ€™s gun prohibitionist agenda has fallen on deaf ears on Capitol Hill,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œHis administrationâ€™s attempt to revive the ban on semiautomatic sporting rifles by exploiting the Mexican drug war was a bust. He had to sign legislation allowing guns for personal protection in national parks, even after his Justice Department refused to defend the Interior Department against a lawsuit that prevented an earlier firearms rule from taking effect.
â€œBut now he is picking judicial nominees that will almost certainly legislate from the bench,â€ he continued. â€œSupreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has already ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states. Weâ€™ve learned that Sotomayorâ€™s nomination is supported by ACORN, the publicly-funded anti-gun group that supported a Jersey City gun control ordinance that was struck down by the court.
â€œObamaâ€™s nomination of David Hamilton to a position on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is equally troubling,â€ Gottlieb added, â€œbecause Hamilton reportedly is a former ACORN fundraiser. Even the president once worked with the anti-gun rights ACORN as a leadership trainer.
â€œSeventy years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to stack the Supreme Court to push his social agenda, and he failed,â€ Gottlieb recalled. â€œPresident Obama tried to use his cabinet to rally support for a gun ban renewal and he failed, so now heâ€™s planning to stack the courts with anti-gun ACORN nominees.
â€œAmerica has had enough Left-wing judicial activism from the federal bench,â€ he concluded. â€œIn Judge Sotomayorâ€™s own words, â€˜I donâ€™t believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstances. It says what it says. We should do honor to it.â€™ That includes honoring the Second Amendment. It does not include manipulating the courts to accomplish from the bench what cannot be achieved through Congress.â€