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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. In the West

    Hey frenetic: Only 46% of active US military are republicans. Plenty of democrats are defending our country. Please either do a little homework or keep quiet.

    May 14, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Bob

    The Second Amendment guarantees the Right to Bear arms. That's it. It is not a matter of opinion as to what is said, what it means. It is quite clear. Also remember, ANY change to the Constitution requires approval of the STATES. It can not be done by Congress alone.

    May 14, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit May 14th, 2010 5:11 pm ET
    "I don't need talking points in order to formulate rational thoughts. I have a brain and I use it frequently. I suggest you do the same."
    Rational thought is generally predicated upon modus ponens. For example, start with this premise:"If Obama is a radical leftist trying to get rid of gun rights, he will appoint a radical leftist judge who supports getting rid of gun rights."
    I'm not a lawyer but I did play one on TV! Let me hit you up on this. Not saying the President ever would do this! The way to do this would be slowly and quietly and not all at one time. Kinda like a frog and hot water. You put a frog in hot water and he'll jump out. You put a frog in room temp water and then slowly turn up the heat, he'll die right there! SO I HAVE BEEN TOLD! In other words, i disagree with your example!

    May 14, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. GentleCritic

    Hey "Steve ( the real one)" ...........

    Do you even have a brain or do you always just spew stoopid stuff ? NOLA was devastated by Katrina. There were hundreds of people running around using guns to loot homes and businesses and rob people of their possessions. NOLA became a police state and was placed under guard watch with curfews which were frequently disobeyed by those more interested in killing for a slice of bread. Is there any better reason to try to get guns out of the hands of the idiots?

    And, in case you might have forgotten, your adorable Georgie Bush was president at that time and for the next few years. So the case you attempted to make against Obama and the Dems was really made against your own Publicans, and you did a darn good job of self-humiliation at the same time. Good Job Brownie!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Sarah the baby seal basher

    Thune crawls out of the woodwork again to scare the gun toting morons?I want to see Rush Limbaughs birth certificate,that scumbag wasnt born on this planet.

    May 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Neaderthal Republicans

    Lets call it like it is ... The 2nd Ammendment is out dated.

    Think about the Constitution's OMMISSION of a Woman's right to Vote. Is Mr. Thune saying that the Constituition was perfect and that women shouldn't be able to VOTE? Clearly the founders blew a couple of things ... and didn't have a crystal ball about how technology would change society 230 years later.

    Gun ownership was emphasized for two reasons:

    1.) The ability to get food. Kroger, Safeway, Ralphs didn't exist in 1787 ... they do now. We don't need guns anymore to make sure we have food.

    2.) To allow the people to be able to resist a tyrannical government. To be able to assemble militias to resist Posse Comitatis. To be able to resist the Army today, these 2nd Ammendment zealots should be arguing for each citizen's right to park a Joint Strike Fighter in their garage. The guns the public have are not sufficient to fight the armed forces of a tyrannical government.

    It's time to chuck the intellectually dishonest argument to keep guns.

    May 14, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "why she didn't try to become a Judge in the lower courts such as Civil, Family, Federal, Criminal as did Judge Sotomayor??"

    APPOINTMENTS are hard to come by. You don't just fill out an application like at Walmart.

    "I think she is a SNOB, unlike Sotomayor who seems humble and willing to work where ever she is needed"

    ALL reports and statements made by people from all shades of the political spectrum have said that one of Kagan's greatest gifts is her ability to work with people to build consensus (that's a fancy way of saying agreement and compromise).

    "who's ever heard of a criminal buying a gun in a shop and obtaining a permit???"

    Sweety, they do it all the time. I believe one of the best examples of it happening was the kid who shot up Virginia Tech.

    Are you simply saying the exact opposite of th etruth in hopes you can counteract it?

    May 14, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. FL

    It is disturbing that the those who support this administration claim that the republicans are full of hate. Read not only these posts but posts on any topic and it is clear to see it is the supporters of this administration that are full of hate. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SEEING THE LEFT FOR WHO THEY ARE. Instead of presenting the facts to support their views the use name calling and BUSH bashing. News flash, things were never this bad under bush and the democrats were behind the housing and banking collapse not the Republicans. Get the facts straight and look up who forced through all the regulations extending credit to people who should not have qualified. It was the democrats. We know that and so do you. The only thing this administration has done is divide this nation. Argue the facts and stop with the name calling and smear campaign.

    May 14, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. In the West

    Bryan @ 4:36pm

    Jefferson never said or wrote that. Can't you right-wing freaks even get your quotes correct????

    May 14, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    "Elitest liberals don't fight our wars. Conservatives with guns fight our wars."
    Wow! ..... don't you sound tough .... hah hah hah hah. Moron.

    May 14, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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