June 18th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
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Kagan note labels KKK and NRA as 'bad guy' organizations

A conservative magazine suggests Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is 'hostile' to gun owners, based on a 1996 note she wrote in the Clinton White House.
A conservative magazine suggests Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is 'hostile' to gun owners, based on a 1996 note she wrote in the Clinton White House.

Washington (CNN) - A conservative magazine suggests Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is "hostile" to gun owners, based on notes she wrote in the Clinton White House in 1996.

The notes were released last week by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Kagan worked in the White House Counsel's office in 1995 and 1996. Kagan, 50, was nominated to the high court May 10 by President Obama, and her confirmation hearings begin June 28.

The disclosure coincided with the release Friday afternoon of about 80,000 more documents.

A March 1996 document is likely to stir conservative anger. In it, she labeled the Ku Klux Klan and the National Rifle Association as "bad guy" organizations.

The issue was a pending bill, the Volunteer Protection Act which gave some volunteer workers from a range of nonprofits a measure of liability protection from lawsuits. Kagan expressed concern that certain groups might be included in a "Cumulative List" of tax-exempt groups that would be covered under the proposed law.

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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Adalbert

    She is correct!

    June 18, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Mesa Mick

    The truth about the KKK and NRA is gonna set the GOBPers hair on fire! Can't wait to see them go all ballistic!

    Those two organizations are their biggest ATM machines and southern voting block the GOBP has. The rethugliCANTs HAVE to bleat and bray like the world is coming to an end because Kagan didn't have her PC gloves on when she diagnosed both organizations in street language – You know, stating matter-of-factly that they are "bad" organizations...

    June 18, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    The KKK is a bad guy organization. Where's the confusion?

    The NRA is more of a civil liberties type of organization. We have the right to keep and bear arms, it's a civil right, where's the confusion? The NRA is not a bad guy organization. It is defending a particular civil right. Personally, I always thought we needed a group to defend each particular Constitutional right. If we had, then the Bush regime would NEVER have been allowed to commit the crimes against the Constitution that they did.

    June 18, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Joski

    Yeah baby – the KKK is an civilized organization composed of intelligent upstanding citizens. Just like the NRA.

    June 18, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. shawn

    The NRA are total fanatic gun nuts, and gun nuts ARE bad guys. They are the worst of America and a total embarrassment. Oh, and most NRA members are total racists, too. Nobody is trying to take away their guns. They're hysterical, paranoid, racist freaks.

    June 18, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Gil

    We all know that already. Go Kagan! Stop private ownership of guns, now! When 90% of the deaths come from criminals owning guns and using them to only 10% of deaths from protecting property and family. The heck with the 2nd Amendment. The republicans don't seem to care about the 14th Amendment in Arizona's case!

    June 18, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Kman821

    The NRA is just about the most misguided bunch of single-minded blow-hards that exist in politics today, but to group them with the KKK is laughable ... since the NRA doesn't even have cool uniforms!

    June 18, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. MsDp

    I don't get it. It's not like she's lying.

    June 18, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    NRA is a "bad guy." Anything that advocates any weapon is bad. You didn't see Jesus walking around with a spear, though he was stabbed by one.

    June 18, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Augsbee

    This shows us how innocent, protected and limited Kagan's life has been to the real world the rest of us live in that she would use such an childlike description "Bad guy" organizations of describe these groups. And this is what is going to be a Supreme Court Judge????

    Why is she hostile against gun owners, how retarded can you get, I don't care for guns myself but I'm not hostile of those who own them. Grow up. She's going to freak out in court when a gun case comes before her.

    June 18, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Kagan memo labels KKK and NRA as 'bad guy' organizations
    -------------------------------–

    Okay, look, show me ONE GOOD THING that the KKK has done to put it in the "good guy" column and we'll all shut up!

    And for you newly empowered racists out there, hanging Black people from tree branches DOES NOT COUNT.

    June 18, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...In other words: Kagan is 100% correct. So shoot me!

    June 18, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Susan L.

    The KKK definitely is. While bits of the NRA do fine things (gun safety classes, etc.), the group as a whole - particularly the political arm - is hyper-fanatical and have never met a weapon they don't love and think every citizen should have.

    June 18, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. MAC

    I know I would not be considered qualified to be on the Supreme Court since I know the KKK, ACLU, Move-On.Org, the Black Panthers, and the Unions are the bad guys. She obviuosly does not believe in the Constitution as our Fore Fathers wrote it, especially the 2nd amendment.

    June 18, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "You didn't see Jesus walking around with a spear, "

    WRONG! His shpherd's crook was capable of calling down meteors from the heavens to squash heathens that stood in the way of his path as he rode his T-rex to halleluialand.

    June 18, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Considering the current trend in Washington, towards dictatorship, on the part of the Democratic Party, I doubt that the NRA would consider themselves bad guys.

    They would consider themselves as potential protectors of democracy, and they might just be right.

    June 18, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Don of Iowa

    Finally someone who sees the similarity in the NRA and the KKK she needs to be applauded for her honesty and she definitely has my vote. I am sure all the Tea Baggers abd Birthers are up in arms but then anyone with any intelligence knows that the ignorant and illiterate run in masses to both the NRA and the KKK and they walk hand in hand on so many iisues, after all what is the KKK without a few guns to back up their bigotry and hatred, about like an NRA nut without a gun to do the same thing, birds of a feather and so much alike it is hard to tell them apart, they even stink alike!

    June 18, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Me

    Now that I hear this piece of news, I *really* want her on the SCOTUS

    June 18, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    Okay, look, show me ONE GOOD THING that the KKK has done to put it in the "good guy" column and we'll all shut up! And for you newly empowered racists out there, hanging Black people from tree branches DOES NOT COUNT
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    Kagin said the KKK was a bad guy group! No arguement here! Not sure how the NRA fits this.The NRA is to gun owners what Planned Parenthood is to abortionists! So, it appears we can add Planned Parenthood to that list as well, right?

    June 18, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. felicia

    She is absolutely correct, the nra is nothing but the kkk in different clothing. People like that are nothing but big bullies, they clench their guns instead of helping people. The kkk is a bad element

    June 18, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Darrick

    I can't wait to see how Black Republicans handle this one. The NRA was spawned from the KKK after the Justice Department came down on them. See: Bowling for Columbine

    June 18, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    I don't believe NRA members are all bad boys, though many use their membership and guns to try and portray themselves as such. Sissy, really.

    The KKK however is a whole different ball game. Bad boys is much too tame. I would call them the scum of the earth.

    June 18, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Bert in UT

    Gil: You wrote: "Stop private ownership of guns, now! When 90% of the deaths come from criminals owning guns and using them to only 10% of deaths from protecting property and family."

    Do you somehow believe that if guns are illegal the criminals will give them up? Would you like it better if 100% of deaths are from criminals and there is no option for law abiding citizens to protect themselves?

    I completely don't understand your thinking.

    June 18, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Andy

    Nobody has noticed that the memo saying they are bad was sent TO Kagan, not FROM her? So why should we care?

    June 18, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Fed Up!

    I find this very disturbing as it appears to illustrate Ms. Kagan's ignorance and bias.

    Perhaps she should be rejected and sent back into obscurity.

    June 18, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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