Five U.S. Senators filed a brief earlier this week supporting a gun control measure in New York City which restricts gun owners’ ability to transport locked, licensed, unloaded fire arms within the city.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is suing the City, saying the bizarre law, which only allows gun owners to take their guns to several designated shooting ranges within city limits, threatens their Second Amendment rights.
While it is not unusual for sitting lawmakers to file briefs related to lawsuits, the five Senators; Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), went several steps further by using it to threaten the Supreme Court, which has nothing to do with this case. The Liberals floated the idea that the Court may be expanded in the future in order to dilute what the Senators feel is undue conservative influence.
A particularly troubling paragraph included in the brief, says “ The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics. Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation needs it to heal.”
Earlier in the brief the Senators went through the extraordinary exercise of detailing seventy-eight 5-4 or 5-3 Court decisions from October Term 2005 to October Term 2017 made by Justices appointed by Republican Presidents. Seventy-three of these cases they say favored interests important to corporations or issues specifically related to the Republican political base.
The Senators also brazenly suggested that decisions made by the Court concerning gerrymandering, voting rights, dark money, union power and civil rights just to name a few, were specifically based on Conservative politics rather than established judicial principals. This unprecedented action, taken by five liberal Senators, does nothing less than question the very integrity of every Supreme Court Justice appointed by a Republican President who served during 2005-2017.
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