Thursday, December 4, 2008

Will Obama's Attorney General respect the Second Amendment

From Reason, on President-elect Obama's pick for Attorney General:
While it wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement of the decision, Obama's statement was an improvement over his previous equivocations. But that line about Chicago and Cheyenne definitely stood out. Chicago, after all, has a gun ban in place that's just as constitutionally dubious as the one struck down in Heller. Indeed, Alan Gura, the attorney who successfully argued Heller before the Court, is now working on the challenge to the Windy City law.

So last week's announcement that President-elect Obama has tapped outspoken gun control advocate Eric Holder to serve as his attorney general should come as something less than a complete shock. Holder, who served as deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton and as acting attorney general under President George W. Bush (a position he held until John Ashcroft was confirmed), has pushed for sweeping and restrictive gun control measures throughout his career while also endorsing the now-discredited collective rights interpretation of the Second Amendment. Obama's selection of Holder raises some serious concerns about his administration's commitment to upholding the entire Bill of Rights.

Article here. It think it's pretty obvious that Obama's AG is anti-gun. I expect that Obama's choices for U.S. Attorneys will likewise share an ideological kinship with the Attorney General nominee against law-abiding gun owners and against the Second Amendment as an individual right.

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