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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NRA Looks to Close the Sale

The Politico reports that the NRA is running a new add in battleground states, including Virginia, in hopes of closing the sale for gun owners to vote their rights on November 4th. The ad does not mention a candidate by name but uses the popular actor Chuck Norris in ads reminiscent of the Huckabee primary ads.

With seven days left, the stakes could not be higher. It is likely the next president will appoint Supreme Court judges as six of the nine are turning 70. In addition, hundreds of federal and appellate judges will be appointed. Appellate appointments shape lasting constitutional interpretations and they cover multiple states. Although these require Congressional approval, that will be a slam-dunk if this election creates a Democratic super-majority. One out of three federal judges now owes a lifetime-tenured job to the current president.

The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that judges should interpret the law as it is written. Seventy-four percent (74%) of men favor that approach along with 65% of women. Sen. McCain supports that view and he has consistently campaigned on a “strict constructionist philosophy” for the courts.

Sen. Obama, on the other hand, believes that judges should be required to possess “empathy” and should “reach decisions on the basis of his deepest values, core concerns, and broader perspectives on how the world works.” During the Roberts nomination debate, Sen. Obama stated, “Legal process alone will not lead you to a rule of decision. In those difficult cases, the critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge’s heart.”

The choice could not be clearer for gun owners. This is the most important election of our lifetime and we need all gun owners to vote for their rights. In these last seven days, please talk about what is at stake in this election with your fellow gun owning friends and family. Let's do all we can to defeat Barack Obama.

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