Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. May she rest in peace.
President Trump has signaled to Republican lawmakers that the party should move to fill her seat on the high court “without delay.”
“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” Trump tweeted late last week. “We have this obligation, without delay!”
If Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell succeed at putting a pro-gun Justice on the bench before the president’s first term is over, it would be a death knell to the gun prohibition lobby. There would be a 6-3 conservative-leaning majority for the foreseeable future!
No one knows this more than failed 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and his minions at Everytown for Gun Safety. In a memo (see below) published on Wednesday, leaders for the group explained exactly what’s at stake… In a word, EVERYTHING!
“Justice Ginsburg’s replacement will have an enormous influence on the health and safety of Americans, and that’s especially true when it comes to gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
“As the NRA and its allies continue their campaign to use the courts to take us backward, it’s more important than ever for voters to understand how many common-sense laws — and more importantly, how many American lives — will be put at risk if the gun lobby succeeds,” he continued.
Specifically, a pro-gun SCOTUS could strike down may-issue concealed carry laws, bans on commonly owned black rifles and accessories, gun confiscation schemes that allow law enforcement to seize firearms from individuals accused — not convicted — of being a threat to public safety, prohibitions on transfers and sales between private individuals, among others infringements on the Second Amendment.
Given the gravity of the situation, Shannon Watts vowed to “fight like hell” to stop Republicans and Trump from appointing the next justice before the 2020 election is decided.
“We unequivocally oppose any confirmation to the Supreme Court before inauguration day, and every one of our nearly 6 million supporters will fight like hell to make sure that the American people –– not President Trump and Senator McConnell –– get to decide who picks Justice Ginsburg’s replacement,” she said.
Everytown is running scared. Rightfully so. All of Bloomberg’s billions won’t matter if the Supreme Court is loaded with individuals who recognize and uphold the operative clause of the 2A, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”