One of the reasons the United States Supreme Court will choose to hear a case is to resolve an issue or question of law that has received conflicting rulings from different Circuit Courts of Appeals. By ruling on such cases, the conflicts are removed as the Supreme Court’s ruling is the one all lower courts must follow. Hence, the critical importance of those nominated to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court.
The Ninth Circuit has made dismantling the Second Amendment one of its priorities. Virulently anti-gun, its judges can be counted on to rule against any case that relies on a traditional understanding of the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
Donald Trump has stated that he is a strong defender of the Second Amendment. His election removes not only Mr. Obama’s anti-gun agenda, but also foreclosed on the possibility of Hillary Clinton taking the war on guns to new levels. But he can do more than just stop bad legislation – he can also do something else that will not only end the Ninth Circuit’s reign of terror over gun ownership, but serve to protect the Second Amendment for decades to come.
That “something” that Mr. Trump can do is to fill the current vacancy in the United States Supreme Court with a justice who holds to the same beliefs and legal philosophy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Here’s an example of why this appointment is so critical. Note this recent ruling: “On June 9, the Ninth Circuit had taken an even more egregious swipe at the Second Amendment by ruling that Americans have no right to carry a concealed gun outside the home for self-defense. Judge Williams Fletcher wrote, ‘We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.'”
Imagine if that were to be appealed to the Supreme Court and the vacancy created by Justice Scalia’s death had been filled by Obama or Clinton. Concealed-carry and a host of other rights would be history. The election of Donald Trump has mercifully spared us that fate.
Note that, “During the October 9 presidential debate, Trump stated that he was running to save the Second Amendment from ‘people like Hillary Clinton.’ To do so, he pledged to put forward a nominee ‘in the mold of Antonin Scalia.’ By nominating such an individual, Trump will also save the Second Amendment from the Ninth Circuit’s grip.”
This election was about more than just border walls, jobs and budgets, as vital as those issues are. It was also about those who would sit on the Supreme Court. May Donald Trump follow through on this campaign promise, and secure freedoms for Americans for decades to come.