The National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre said on the “Glenn Beck Program” Monday that President Obama‘s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor does not deserve to be on the high court because she does not support Americans’ right to self-defense.
On the day Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings began, LaPierreÂ stated that the Second Amendment isÂ a “constant” throughout American history. “People want to be free,” he said.
“With a firearm I can protect my family…and Judge Sotomayor doesn’t get that,” LaPierre toldÂ Beck. “She should not be on the Supreme Court.”
LaPierre’s right. Sotomayor has ruledÂ that theÂ Second AmendmentÂ does not applyÂ to the states. ThisÂ rulingÂ would permit localities to slap a blanket prohibition ofÂ gun ownership if they wanted to do so.
Beck pointed out that Sotomayor’s nomination has been endorsed by the radical left-wing group LatinoJusticeÂ (formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, on whose board the judge used to sit) and byÂ ACORNÂ (infamous for its aggressive involvement in identity politics). InÂ a press release unveiling the endorsement, ACORN vice presidentÂ Maria Polanco couldn’t help taking a shot at the U.S. legal system:
As a Latina woman from the Bronx myself, I know todayâ€™s historic nomination will provide inspiration to millions of young girls and boys across the country, and provide renewed faith in a justice system that has often failed the poor and powerless.
ACORN has long supported gun control.
(Sotomayor’s opening statement from the confirmation hearing is available here.)