What the Heck Is a “Merrick Garland,” Anyway?
When I first saw “Merrick Garland” in my Twitter mentions this morning, I thought it was a belated Ides of March reference to the wreath Julius Caesar wore when he was assassinated.
It turns out that Merrick Garland isn’t a name, but a person. In fact, he’s President Obama’s nominee to replace recently departed conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Curiously, on the surface, Garland appears to be a center-right moderate jurist:
On Fox News Wednesday morning, Judge Andrew Napolitano called Merrick Garland “the most conservative” nominee to the Supreme Court ever presented by a Democratic president in the modern era. The announcement may seem surprising, but some analysts predict President Obama purposely chose a moderate candidate to tie Republican lawmakers’ hands.
Attorney and Supreme Court analyst Tim O’Brien told Fox New’s Bill Hemmer that Obama is clearly “putting Republicans on the spot.”
Garland served for 19 years on the D.C. circuit as a center right judge, Napolitano indicated. Some of Garland’s decisions support that description, including the outcome of Al Odah v. United States, where Garland voted against the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The devil, however, is in the details, and red flags immediately went up when left-wing sites immediately rushed to defend and celebrate Obama’s nominee.
Shortly thereafter, it became obvious that Garland is a gun control “Trojan horse,” dressed like a centrist on the outside, but a stone-cold killer of the Second Amendment at his core.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) were both quick to blast the nominee as a threat to our Second Amendment rights.
Erich Pratt is the Executive Director for Gun Owners of America noted in a press release.
“Despite promises to nominate a consensus candidate, Obama has chosen a radical leftist in Judge Garland,” Pratt said. “He supported the DC gun ban in 2007, voting to reconsider the Heller case after a three judge panel had ruled against the ban.
“Hence, we don’t have to speculate as to how Garland would vote on Heller if confirmed to the Supreme Court,” Pratt said. “He’s already voted againstHeller once before, thereby showing he’d effectively rip the Second Amendment from the Constitution.
“In a 2000 case, Garland voted to maintain the registration of gun owners, supporting efforts by the Clinton administration to use the instant check to illegally retain gun owners’ names for six months.
“This shows that Garland is not only anti-gun, he supports the ability of a President to illegally use executive power to advance liberal causes.
Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action likewise blasted the nominee.
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