Kagan Says Gun Rights 'Settled Law'; Gun Lobby May Whip Followers to Oppose Her
On Monday, I wrote:
... no matter how secure Americans’ gun rights are looking in the courts, the gun lobby will never allow the bitter debate over the scope of the Second Amendment to be settled as a political issue. Guns are too critical to the culture wars -- they represent what Karl Rove called an “anger point” that stokes the passions of the conservative base. Gun politics not only raises right-wing ire, but also brings in big dollars for conservative candidates and the gun lobby.
Kagan’s description of Second Amendment cases, including Monday’s high court ruling limiting the right of state and local governments to regulate gun ownership, as “settled law” has done nothing to allay the gun rights group’s worries about her, according to an NRA official.
"What we have heard so far causes us very grave concern,” the official said...
Kagan referred to the 2008 landmark case in which the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for private use in federal “enclaves,” such as D.C. and military bases.“I think that Heller is settled law and Heller has decided that the Second Amendment confers such an individual right to keep and bears arms,” she said.Kagan’s stated support to abide by Heller is doing little to tamp down GOP concerns.
Sometimes it's like shooting fish in a barrel.