Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire 

News broke this week that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, will retire at the end of this term.  

Organizations on both sides of the gun divide spoke out about the type of nominee they’d like to see fill his shoes.  

“Throughout his tenure on the Court, Justice Breyer has ruled in favor of reasonable measures to keep Americans safe from gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. 

“President Biden’s nominee to replace Justice Breyer should also understand that the Second Amendment is fully consistent with common sense gun safety laws,” Feinblatt continued. 

Justice Breyer has been more than sympathetic to the anti-gun cause.  Most notably, Breyer put forth dissenting opinions in two landmark cases, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, which together affirmed one’s individual right to keep and bear arms for traditionally lawful purposes, e.g. self-defense inside the home.    

Breyer disagreed with this interpretation, writing, “In sum, the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self defense. There has been, and is, no consensus that the right is, or was, ‘fundamental.’”

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“The gun violence prevention movement is grateful for Justice Breyer’s distinguished career and understanding that reasonable gun safety laws are constitutional,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. 

“We look forward to President Biden nominating a Black woman to continue this legacy, and we will mobilize our grassroots army of volunteers to ensure the Senate swiftly confirms them,” she continued. 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, told GunsAmerica via email that whileBreyer’s “service to the United States is worthy of respect,” it disagreed with him on his jurisprudence of the 2A.

NSSF hopes that Biden will nominate someone who is more gun-friendly, but it isn’t holding its breath.

“President Biden has an opportunity to nominate an individual who is true to the Constitution as it is written. However, given the history of President Biden’s hostile views toward gun rights and his antipathy toward the firearm industry, both of which were proven with his unsuccessful nomination of the gun control lobbyist David Chipman for ATF Director, it is anticipated he will nominate another who would seek to legislate from the bench,” said Mark Oliva, NSSF director of public affairs.

Oliva said regardless of who replacesBreyer on the bench, it would not change the high court’s 6-3 balance, “which is heavily represented by originalists and Constitutionalists.”

“Any pending Supreme Court nomination is a reminder of the importance of mid-term U.S. Senate elections when it comes to gun rights,” Oliva added. “Senators have the duty and responsibility to advise and consent the president’s nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Stay tuned for updates. Biden is sure to address the matter soon.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Bones January 30, 2022, 9:14 am

    The scotus conservative judges are no more than political hacks.. to say that osha cant proclaim a vaccine mandate at work and it isnt telated to workplace safety is BS and lies..nurses have to have their yearly shots! Drivers have to have their yearly physicals and drug screens! Conservative judges are no more than a$$kissing enabling politicians anymore and are not just”calling ball and strikes”HACK AWAY UNAMERICAN LOSER RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS

    • Hondo February 5, 2022, 4:55 pm

      Boner, how do you survive being so dumb, do you have someone remind you to breath in and breath out ? Idiot.

  • Bones January 30, 2022, 8:41 am

    Does it matter to any Anerican citizen that moscow mitch stole 2 scotus picks like a bloody thief? Pathetic goiter neck is a liar a sneaky snake in the grass.. making up rules as he goes stabbing America in the back for his racist and sexist idealologies. Some one need to knock that MF off his hillbilly kentucky pedestal for being such a disgraceful phoney and fake human.. The ass wouldnt even give garland a hearing with ten months to go in obamas term .. yet rushed barrets hearings within 2 months on end of trums term.. with loser Americans like this as fellow citizens .. your 2A crying shows how hypocritical and un American conservatives actually are! You know what you losers can suck right?

    • Shanz January 30, 2022, 2:52 pm

      Wow your unintelligible rant showed us. The spelling adds to your credibility as a scholarly gentleman.

    • Hondo February 4, 2022, 11:13 pm

      Garland turned out to be a communist piece of shit glad they kept clown off the court, so Boner why are you such an un-American ball washer?

  • Blue dogs super gay lover. January 29, 2022, 10:40 pm

    I’m just glad we are basing such important decisions solely on the color of somebodies skin as well as gender. Yup. Character and qualifications are overrated. We should focus on what makes us different. Oh and hating white people. Except Democrats.

  • Snake January 29, 2022, 2:54 pm

    All white heterosexual males should just lay down their work and go on a nationwide strike, then this country will see how far it can go without us. What have we become, if we hire someone because of the skin color and the sex? Yet, at the same time the media always calls me being the racist and the sexist, although I just keep living peacefully and law-abiding, while expecting others to do the same, if we want to get along as a country altogether. Yet, if they hire someone just because that is a black female person then it is suddenly not racist and not sexist at all? Can’t anyone, outside of this website, see the outward hypocrisy in all of this?

    Guys, one of the biggest problems in this matter is the media, especially CNN, trying to make you believe that all of these minorities are the majority and that they are just everywhere, but let me assure you that they are clearly not. It’s all just evil propaganda and that’s it, although it is, of course, very dangerous, as it brainwashes the people. Seriously, I am just waiting for concentration camps in the future, reserved only for white males. Yes, I admit, it is a very dark thought, but if you have studied the propaganda of the 3rd Reich and to what kind of terror it all lead just a few years later in the end, then you see many, and I really mean many, similarities to what is happening already to us today. Spreading hate against a certain group of people every day, later prosecuting them on false charges and, in the end, killing them. We have to stop this, before history will repeat itself. And yes, I believe they are following a certain political agenda, if they are now going to do this nonsense with the Supreme Court as well, putting someone in office based on skin color and sex, but not based on experience and skills. God help us!

  • Ross Campbell January 28, 2022, 8:05 pm

    Would be sweet kick to the balls,except biden doesn’t have any,if the Justice decides to wait one more year.

  • Dale January 28, 2022, 3:51 pm

    How is this not completely racial and gender biased. I agree with Clint W 100%. This bases the entire government of America not on how well you could do a job but on race, gender and sexual orientation. This is totally against the law. If you’re white, just go to any establishment in America and try to get a job based on race and gender, especially if you’re hetero male. They’ll laugh you out of the room, if not put you in jail and make the evening news.

  • Clint W. January 28, 2022, 9:52 am

    Well, based on population statistics, SDB (Sleepy Demented Joe) has just discriminated against approx. 92% of the US population by stating he will be picking a black woman. How would the press react to Trump saying he was going to select a white man? I’m making a statement here, that there is not one liberal black women in this country with the credentials to rise to Supreme Court Justice. Kagan and Sotomayor were picked for their far left leanings and their ages, to be a thorn in the side of Constitutionalists for decades. Neither of them have the credentials to be a traffic court judge let alone a Supreme, and neither will SDB’s black pick. There are Conservative females of all races in this country that do have the experience and objectivity to make a great Supreme, but not one, closed minded, hate of America filled liberal woman of any color.

    • Phil January 28, 2022, 12:15 pm

      I see your point, and it’s a problem I’ve always had with any affirmative action policies. The real pool of candidates, I’m purely guessing, would be much less than 8% black woman, because you have to consider who is actually qualified. Most of the population is not; perhaps it would be comprised of current sitting judges? Are 8% of those black women? I don’t know.

  • Billy M January 28, 2022, 9:27 am

    So ‘we the people’ will not be getting the most qualified candidate for the position. By Joe saying his nominee will be a black, that reduces the number of candidates, and they will be female, he has further reduced the number of candidates. So from a very, very small number of people, he will be selecting someone to replace supreme court justice. We have seen what happens when you select a based on 2 factors. I hope we don’t get another Kamila

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB January 28, 2022, 6:52 am

    Typical of the degenerate lefties; hiring someone based on diversity and not on expertise.

  • Kb31416 January 28, 2022, 6:33 am

    It’s sad that Brandon’s primary considerations for the upcoming SCOTUS nominee is the color of their skin and the contents of their pants, rather than the content of their character.
    Most of us as a nation have grown beyond that, long ago, but there are obviously some holdouts. Pathetic and detestable in my opinion.
    Oh well. Stolen elections have consequences.

    • Rusty January 28, 2022, 8:41 am

      The last occupant of the White House seemed to have the right skin tone, (albeit a bit orang most of the time on his face) and the right pants filler; but he BANNED an accessory through executive action that is now enabling MORE bans based on precedent.

      Oh well, he was OUR GUY, he could do no wrong. THEIR GUY (gal) is ALWAYS wrong!!!

      • Shanz January 29, 2022, 10:32 pm

        Yup Trump banned bump stocks so I guess we’re better off with a Commy who s bent on America’s downfall. I don’t understand you anti Trumpers reasoning. Thanks for your Joe Biden vote.

  • Alan January 28, 2022, 2:14 am

    Biden long ago said he was nominating a black woman to the Supreme Court . As opposed to just the most qualified man or woman black, white or Hispanic. What is that called a “Token” perhaps a joken would be a better name for her. I just hope someone puts her through the ringer like they did to Kavanaugh. Ooh he left will cry your being racist by asking her hard questions. Either way she’ll be against any gun rights . Either way we are screwed!

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