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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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. John in Brooklyn

    Its amazing how the GOP is so focused on protecting only a select few civil rights. Why isn't Thune concerned about Kagan's views on other civil liberties protected under the Bill of Rights....or do those not matter to Thune?

    Libertarians...take note....the GOP is not your friend if, in fact, you are looking for small government and protection of civil liberties (the classic libertarian view). The GOP is all for government...as long as it protects what the GOP considers the IMPORTANT civil liberties and ignores the rest.

    May 14, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Rosslaw

    Maybe Elena Kagan should be asked whether United States private gun dealers should be given carte blanche to sell military level weaponry to the Mexican drug cartels, or more accurately, whether they should be allowed to keep selling them the weapons. Or how about domestic terrorists or foreign terrorists in the United States? If she doesn't think that's the best idea in the world, then maybe Sen. Thune can give us all some suggestions on how to at least slow the flow, let alone stop it.

    May 14, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. No More Incumbents

    We absolutely should arm bears!

    May 14, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. A Guy

    I'm so sick of these Republican wind-bags and their moronic talking points.

    May 14, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Amen!

    Amen Lisa below, I'm an American and i could give a rats behind about the 2nd Amendment! it was not what our four fathers meant with the 2nd amendment..i'm also a gun owner, but i could care less if it's taken from me!

    May 14, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. librarian

    Do these gun-toting lunatics EVER have a life ? Is there one that could, possibly, one day, NOT include a gun ???

    May 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. james

    This Woman Blocked Families of 9-11 victoms from suing the Saudi Royal Family. Four Princes of the Family were fundling money to Charities that went to the 9-11 Hijackers.

    This Woman is a TRAITOR to those Families and is a self serving money grubbing Lawyer, nothing else.
    A over fed one at that.

    This is true.

    People you better wake up to who is going to pass laws on you.
    Half the members of the suprem court should go under imediate schycological tests. I have seen many of them to ahve insanity traits.

    May 14, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. stephen pagnozzi

    When the heck will we learn! Don't you all get it? Aren't their enough killings thru firearms. i can understand (although I wouldn't!) hunting rifles and maybe small arms that are kept in the house for protection, but this country is rediculous on the amount and the kinds of weapons, these so called "patriots" are speaking about. There needs to be strict control of firearms that people can have, period!! Look idiot's, the police have enough problems containing the massive idiots we have, but this country is a living time bomb with all the weapons. How can you rationalize having automatic weapons? Among other sorts.

    May 14, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Bryan

    Those of you who will give up your guns and Freedoms for Security, DESERVE NEITHER.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Chew on that

    May 14, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Johnny DC

    You people against gun rights are incredibly short-sighted, and it shows.

    This isn't a debate about making ALL guns in America disappear at once. This is about giving citizens the right to protect themselves.

    What do you suppose would happen if law-abiding citizens across the country were forced to turn over all firearms? Do you not see it? Crime against innocent people would skyrocket. When criminals know they are the only ones with weapons, crime thrives.

    Stop thinking idealistically and start thinking realistically. I don't own a weapon, but I certainly won't force other people in more dangerous areas to be sitting ducks to their criminal neighbors.

    May 14, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. jimg pa

    I love republican rallying cries like Drill baby Drill..Haven't heard that one much lately though...heh, heh..

    May 14, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Princeton

    Its sad that people prefer insults to logical dialogue on these subjects. If you remove sarcasm from their repertoire, they are left with nothing substantial to say.

    Many Americans own a firearm for hunting or self defense purposes. Many Americans choose not to own a firearm. I am glad we still have a choice.

    May 14, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Freekin retarded. If he had been speaking at an M&Ms convention he'd have criticized Cadbury.

    "Can anyone please explain why the Second Amendment is so much more important that the others"

    It's not, but the question you should be asking about that is "TO WHOM?" THAT is what is operative. Does the right to free speech have a giant well-funded campaign-donating lobby? Does the doctrine of separation of church have a giant well-funded campaign-donating lobby? Etc? No. But gun and ammunition manufacturers have TONS of money and the conservatives love to rely on the "war economy" despite Eisenhower's accurate warnings and they rely on fear, xenophobia and revolutionary war themes to rile their voters whenever Dems take control of the WH and/or Congress. Demogogues LOVE the gun lobby's money.

    May 14, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Because Obama has been working tirelessly from day one of his term to take our guns away. It's all he talks about. It's numero uno on his to do list (that means number one in Mexican, real Americans).

    Oh wait.

    Have a nice day!

    May 14, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. shocked1961

    I think we need an Amendment to repeal the Second Amendment. Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment to abolish liquor only to repeal it a few years later with the Twenty-First Amendment. The Constitution is a living document, and it allows for amendments of this nature in Article V. The founders of our nation were brilliant to include Article V, and that is why our Constitution has stood the test of time. It's time, however, for another step forward. Repeal the Second Amendment and implement gun control everwhere.

    May 14, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. vernis robertson

    I think Kagan is a better than those two idiots that Bush appointed . The GOP got a question for everything excet themselves. Why should anyone listen to the Republicans .

    May 14, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Therefore, you can be assured that she is an opponent of Second Amendment Rights."

    And, as much as I love The Nuge, you sound just like him with your baseless conspiratorial nonsense. Obama has signed laws the gun lobby adores, such as allowing sidearms on Amtrack, and has done NOTHING whatsoever to even begin an attempt to attenuate gun rights in any manner. The reality is that the gun lobby/NRA and the GOP are so far up each others' colons, you can't tell where one begins and the other ends. Talking points like yours reveal it clearly that the GOP is more interested in helping Republicans than dealing with facts and truth.

    May 14, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Sorry, needed an edit...shoud've read:

    "Talking points like yours reveal it clearly that the NRA is more interested in helping Republicans than dealing with facts and truth."

    May 14, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. vernis robertson

    President Obama said nothing about taking anyone guns away idots. Stop listening to the media , that's what they want you to believe. The President anything about guns , just guns laws. The people that should be carrying guns is Law Enforcement , no one else.

    May 14, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Dennis

    I have a question for Obama. Are only New Yorkers and Ivy Leaguers qualified for SCOTUS?

    May 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Just another ploy from irrlevant senator from an irrelavant state to pander to the gun lobby and make more money for the gun dealers and manufacturers and NRA board members for that matter.

    Maybe these backwoods morons that think there guns are gonna be taken should finally cite some evidence on why they believe that and what actions are being taken to undermine their rights instead of making broad statements that are fairly baseless.

    May 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. art in kingwood

    Just call her Harriet.

    May 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    shocked1961 May 14th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

    "I think we need an Amendment to repeal the Second Amendment...."

    Bad idea, Sparky. Some of us libtarded Obamabots own guns and support the 2nd ammendment. If you aren't allowed to own guns, you're at the mercy of those who do. Besides, deer meat is yummy. Have a nice day!

    May 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Texas Doc

    Its like they (NRA) are overcompensating for something. Just look at an NRA meeting and you will see a bunch of guys that haven't used the 'gun' that counts in a long time. Its using the other 'gun' that makes you a man.

    May 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. byron

    second amendment? America will not move foward until all of these old rednecks have passed away.

    May 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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