31 May 2009

Obama Pick May Demonstrate Attempt At End Run Around 2A

Blogger Bob Owens posits that the nomination of Judge Sotomayor represents an attempt at an end run around the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Long before he was the president of the United States or even the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama made his opposition to the Second Amendment of the Constitution painfully clear. As a director of the Joyce Foundation for eight years (1994-2002), Obama participated in the creation and funding of prohibitionist-minded anti-gun groups to the tune of millions of dollars. This fact does not surprise the millions of Americans who have responded to the threat by purchasing millions of firearms since the president was elected and who purchased at least 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition in December alone.

What far fewer Americans know about Obama is that he was one of the Joyce Foundation’s directors when they embarked on a plot to undermine the Second Amendment by targeting the Supreme Court of the United States.

You will find this to be an absolutely fascinating and insightful read. It is the Joyce Foundation that bankrolls many, of not most of the state-based anti-gun organizations. In Ohio, it is the so-called Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, which is not so much a coalition as it is a one-woman show operating out of Toledo with a fat checkbook tied to an account that receives grants from the Joyce Foundation.

Since they have not been able to pursuade thinking lawmakers and an electorate that in most states (except California, New York, and some urban areas) isn't populated with "sheeple," anti self defense foundations have turned to the courts. They have failed many times there, as well. So they turned to law journals and have been doing their damndest to populate these publications with language and fiction that questions the intent of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution.

Why law journals you ask?

Joyce’s directors found a vulnerable point. When judges cannot rely upon past decisions, they sometimes turn to law review articles. Law reviews are impartial and famed for meticulous cite-checking. They are also produced on a shoestring. Authors of articles receive no compensation; editors are law students who work for a tiny stipend. …

The Joyce directorate’s plan almost succeeded. The individual rights view won out in the Heller Supreme Court appeal, but only by 5-4. The four dissenters were persuaded in part by Joyce-funded writings, down to relying on an article which misled them on critical historical documents.

This may explain the choice of Judge Sotomayor by President Obama even more clearly. Expecially when you consider the following:

Having lost that fight, Obama now claims he always held the individual rights view of the Second Amendment, and that he "respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms." But as a Joyce director, Obama was involved in a wealthy foundation’s attempt to manipulate the Supreme Court, buy legal scholarship, and obliterate the individual right to arms.

Voters who value the Constitution should ask whether someone who was party to that plan should be nominating future Supreme Court justices.

Read the full story, AND PASS IT ON.

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