[Oshkosh, WI] Yesterday Senator Russ Feingold was brazen enough to have a letter to the editor published about his work ‘to preserve Wisconsin’s tradition of responsible gun use and to oppose unreasonable limitations on gun ownership,’ while simultaneously having his Senatorial office issue a press release supporting Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan.
As Wisconsin voters have come to expect, Feingold says he supports gun rights in Wisconsin but goes to Washington to vote for the anti-gun, activist Justices who seek to take away our individual gun rights. Senator Feingold appears to be backing stealth opponents to the Constitution’s Right to keep and bear arms with his confirmation votes. Opponents who, once on the High Court, will do all they can to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners of the State of Wisconsin and the United States.
“On Constitutional issues, there’s one thing that matters above all else for a Senator — his vote to confirm a justice to the Supreme Court. On that test, Russ Feingold has failed miserably,” said Juston Johnson, Campaign Manager for Ron Johnson for Senate. “It is obvious that Feingold is willing to throw Second Amendment rights overboard so he can cast partisan votes on judges. We don’t need Russ Feingold’s rhetoric on guns, we need his votes to stop anti-gun judges. That’s what counts.”
FACT: Senator Feingold voted to confirm two of the four dissenting Supreme Court Justices in District of Columbia vs. Heller.
FACT: Senator Feingold voted to confirm three of the four dissenting Supreme Court Justices in McDonald vs. Chicago.
(Ginsberg Confirmation Vote, 1993 Roll Call 232, Confirmed 96-3, August 3, 1993; Breyer Confirmation Vote, 1994 Roll Call 242, Confirmed 87-9, July 29, 1994; Sotomayor Confirmation Vote, 2009 Roll Call 262, Confirmed 68-31, August 6, 2009.)
(District of Columbia vs. Heller, Majority: Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts, and Kennedy; Dissent: Stevens, Breyer, Ginsberg, and Souter, McDonald v. Chicago, Majority: Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts, and Kennedy; Dissent: Stevens, Ginsberg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.)
FACT: Senator Feingold voted to filibuster and reject the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito, one of the five votes in the majority for both Heller and McDonald.
(Cloture Vote on Confirmation of Sam Alito, 2006 Roll Call 1, Agreed to 72-25, January 30, 2006; Alito Confirmation Vote, 2006 Roll Call 2, Confirmed 58-42, January 31, 2006.)
“Previous statements and policy work from Elena Kagan, from her notes during her clerkship with the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, to her time in the Clinton White House, have made it more than clear she is not a friend of America’s gun owners,” Juston Johnson said. “Once again, Russ Feingold is backing just another activist, liberal ideologue to the Supreme Court who is nothing more than a stealth opponent to the Second Amendment. All his talk about being on the side of gun owners becomes hollow when put under that light.”
Legal blog “SCOTUSBlog” has summarized Kagan’s stance on gun control as such:
“Ultimately, we think Kagan likely supports gun control laws as a policy matter, based on her work and communications within the Clinton Administration. Yet this reveals little of relevance for a Supreme Court Justice. We cannot infer much about her current view on the Second Amendment and what restrictions on guns are permitted by it. Our best guess is that she would be with the Court’s left on the question.”