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Fox News: Sotomayor Opposes Gun Rights

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Posted on July 14 2009 8:52 am

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, LaPierre stated that the Second Amendment is 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 told Beck. “She should not be on the Supreme Court.”

LaPierre’s right. Sotomayor has ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states. This ruling would permit localities to slap a blanket prohibition of gun ownership if they wanted to do so.

Beck pointed out that Sotomayor’s nomination has been endorsed by the radical left-wing group LatinoJustice (formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, on whose board the judge used to sit) and by ACORN (infamous for its aggressive involvement in identity politics). In a press release unveiling the endorsement, ACORN vice president Maria Polanco couldn’t help taking a shot at the U.S. legal system:

As a Latina woman from the Bronx myself, I know today’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.)

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