May 14th, 2010
03:57 PM ET
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Kagan should be asked about Second Amendment, Thune says

A Republican senator said Friday that Supreme Court nominee should be asked about her views on the Second Amendment.
A Republican senator said Friday that Supreme Court nominee should be asked about her views on the Second Amendment.

Washington (CNN) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that senators should ask all judicial nominees about their views on the Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms.

Speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, singled out Elena Kagan for special scrutiny. President Obama nominated Kagan for the Supreme Court on Monday.

"One of the biggest threats that I think that we face going forward," Thune told the gathering of gun rights supporters, "is when it comes to appointments to the federal courts."

Thune told the activists that, in his opinion, confirming judges to the federal courts was "one of the most awesome responsibilities" that senators have.

"We need to make sure that as United States senators we take that responsibility very seriously. And we need to ask appointees, nominees to the federal courts – including Elena Kagan – what is her view on the Second Amendment? How is she going to make decisions?"

Thune framed his comments in the larger context of what he called "two competing visions about what the future of this country is going to be like."

"One consists of more government and less freedom," the senator said early in his address, "and the other one consists of less government and more freedom."

Thune, viewed as a possible GOP presidential contender in 2012, ended his remarks by telling the gun rights supporters that they should let leaders in Washington know "we choose freedom."

He added, "Never quit battling for our Constitution. Never quit defending our Second Amendment."

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Filed under: Elena Kagan • Gun rights • John Thune • NRA • Popular Posts • Supreme Court
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Pkm

    The gop will go againt any justice obama wants in office the gop wants a justice who hates every thing

    May 14, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    uh don't these morons know that because of a bill President Obama signed that they can now take their guns into National Parks for the first time ever? Yet he's for sure going to take everyone's guns away from them. I don't recall hearing any message from the NRA thanking him for signing that bill.

    May 14, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    Can anyone please explain why the Second Amendment is so much more important that the others? It was adopted in the late 1780s. Guns have changed considerably since then but not the amendment that controls them. WHY?

    May 14, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    No one is going to take away your guns, you effin idiot! Years ago, I had a fun loving sergeant explain to me the difference in rifles and guns, "This is your rifle, this is your gun, this is for shooting, this is for fun."

    Try to figure out what your gun is for.

    May 14, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Flyer69

    Of course we need semi-autmatic weapons to take down a deer, you ever see how fast they run?

    May 14, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Thune and the entire right wingnut anti constitution GOP should be asked why they think legal Americans have to carry papers in case they are stopped because they look like they are illegal. Arizona (AZ) is truly an apartheid zone.

    May 14, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Maria H-Miami

    I think the first question Senators should ask Kagan is why she didn't try to become a Judge in the lower courts such as Civil, Family, Federal, Criminal as did Judge Sotomayor??

    Second, why is she interested in the Supreme Court??? is it ego??

    Personally, I think she is a SNOB, unlike Sotomayor who seems humble and willing to work where ever she is needed, one can see her passion for Law, Constitution, for us the people.

    As for guns, the beauty of the USA is that you have Freedom of Choice, if you want to own a gun then do so and if you don't then don't.

    People not been able to buy/own guns won't keep criminals from getting guns, who's ever heard of a criminal buying a gun in a shop and obtaining a permit??? that's ridiculous, who came up with that nonsense theory anyways???????

    May 14, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. tess

    i picked thune as a potential gop candidate about 6 months ago. he reminds me of a young ronald reagan -articulate, conservative, young, attractive and consistent!! i hadn't thought about mitch daniels but the two of them could be a powerful ticket – let's think about it republicans – we need new, fresh faces and these two fit the bill!!!!

    May 14, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. ray

    yhese right wingers are worst thatn any terrorist.

    May 14, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. suresh

    What else Republicans can say to their most enthusiastic supporters? I think it is all game playing for them.

    May 14, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Not Republican

    A gathering of gun rights supporters... now there is an awe inspiring collection of domant brain matter. I'm sure glad those throwbacks aren't in my neck of the woods (i.e. civilization).

    May 14, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. File under "Sarcasm"

    Hell, let's get really radical and ask her opinion on the Constitution and all the amendments. Maybe she favors prohibition or third terms for Presidents or doesn't believe in income taxes.

    All we know so far from CNN's report the other day is that, with her sense of humor, she's the Jay Leno of the Supreme Court arguments she's presented in the last 6 months.

    May 14, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. WHO CARES

    Why don't your Republican stop worrying about a gun and start worrying about how we can put this country back on track. Oh, I'm sorry you are the party of NO.

    The republicans want to be back in power so bad, until they are eating their own like guppies. Let’s review. They stole the elections in 2000 through the Supreme Court. Daddy Bush made sure he had the right judges on the court for his oilman son, idiot Bush.

    Cheney the oilman, was pick to head Bushes VP pick for venting purpose. Cheney couldn’t find anybody, so idiot Bush picks Cheney (how convenient).

    2001 we had 9-11 WTC destroyed, we go to war in Afghanistan. We capture all of Bin Laden’s aids. No Bin Laden! Question: if we caught all of Bin Laden aids, who is protecting Bin Laden?

    2003 idiot Bush drag troops into the Iraq war looking for so call weapons of mass destruction. What a joke this was. Many of soldiers died, disfigured/mangle, children left with out parents and all over a lie.

    2004 idiot Americans put idiot Bush back in office through his scar tactics. In these next 4 years we all know what happen. Housing market crashed, millions of people unemployed, national debt rise to a level of trillions of dollars, when idiot Bush was left with a surplus.
    Bush ran the white house from the ranch and the gulf course.

    2008 the American people selected President Obama to clean up idiot Bush’s manure.

    2009 until present, some American people think that President Obama was to run the country without finances. You tell me how the heck he was supposed to do this, (Bunch of idiots). Let’s get real. This country is in bad shape. Americans need to be a part of the solutions instead of being part of the problem.

    We allowed and idiot 8 years to create this mess, but we don’t have patients enough to allow this president time to clean this mess up.
    Nobody was out here marching while Bush was doing his damage.

    I’m sick of you people talking about how you were the one who put President Obama in office, so your agenda suppose to happen instantly. Get in line and wait your turn. We all put him in office that voted for him. You can be stupid if you want to and put those republicans back in charge. But I will not be in that number. American please tell me we are not this stupid.

    All the republicans have is NO, NO, NO and NO! So lets give them their NO in November at the polls.

    May 14, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. SocialismBad

    Any nominee that doesn't believe that the 2nd Amendment applies to an individuals right to keep and bear arms should NEVER be appointed to the USSC. If they don't support the 2nd Amendment, they couldn't be trusted to protec t any of the others as well.

    May 14, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Amunaka

    Jeeeeze ..the only amendment republicans seem to care about is the second amendment..nobodies gonna come and take your guns away..you know that ..I know that ..everybody knows that ..give it a rest ...

    May 14, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    You republicans are a broken record!!

    NO ONE is taking your freakin' guns !! Go into those bars armed, get drunk and kill each other.

    Democrats are too busy working and feeding our kids home cooked meals – we're not going into those freakin' bars with a bunch of armed, drunk, freakin' republicans.

    May 14, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Yet another bloviating old gas bag using fear and scare tactics.

    We're on to you, Thune. Please say something of substance instead of spewing GOP-infused solipsistic vitriol.

    The GOP must think all Americans are fatuous. Well, they can guess again. Bah! Term limits are in order!

    May 14, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Tom

    Last time I looked there were 27 Amendments to the Constitution. I thought US Senators swore an oath to defend ALL of them including the Constitution. Not pick the ones that will get them media attention.

    May 14, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Bo

    I don't really like anyone in Washington for the time being, but Republicans need to choose John Thune as their nominee in 2012 if they want to beat Obama. I've heard him speak, and he's a level-headed, very smart guy. He would give Obama a run for his money.

    May 14, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Lisa

    let me say just one thing :

    you americans are a bunch of crazy wakos........

    when will you stop this madness of the fire arms??

    it's terrible!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Wow – less government.

    Who will fight the wars? the illegal aliens? the fires? the drug runners? the thieves? the rapists? the murderers?

    Who will patch the pot-holes and maintain the bridges?

    Sure will save everybody a BUNCH of money !!!!! Won't it?

    May 14, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. hadelaide

    Is the 2nd Amendment the most important? Why can't these tunnel-vision people move beyond this nonsense? They should shove their pistols in their "you know what" for all I care.

    May 14, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. billybob 'n NC

    Then ask her you idiot. Is there anything the re-pugs have other than "no" and guns? What we can't get enough of is more guns so more of us can kill more of us!

    May 14, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Wayne

    Meanwhile, Obama has EXPANDED guns rights to allow them in national parks, which i dont have a problem with. Its just hilarious that these conservative kooks dont mention that when trying to rally their ignorant/brainwashed base.

    Repulicans are counting on these misinformed sheep to get elected, and sadly, its been working for them, at least to some degree. -sigh-

    May 14, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Rick in OP

    I am sure all of the bedwetting Liberals are aghast at the thought of a law abiding American citizen legally owning a firearm. That is precisely the reason why Sen. Thune should ask Kagan the question. But don't hold your breath waiting to get an honest answer. Kagan was nominated by Obama. Therefore, you can be assured that she is an opponent of Second Amendment Rights.

    May 14, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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