Democrats were hoping a gun rights case on the docket of the Supreme Court would be thrown out, but now they are absolutely livid because the court has decided to hear the case.
The New York-based case is believed to be so important to the future of the Second Amendment, that Dems were threatening the Supreme Court with restructuring if the court did not toss it out.
The matter is centered around New York City gun laws that were recently introduced, then substantially weakened for fear of the laws ending up in front of the Supreme Court.
That alone should tell you how much scheming the Democrats are doing right now. The gist of the law is that New York City gun owners were forbidden from taking their weapons outside of city limits for any reason, including practicing on the range.
When Second Amendment activists started to fight the legislation and threatened to take the case to the Supreme Court, lawmakers backed off and rescinded the restrictions in large part. That, however, did not thwart the Supreme Court from deciding to hear the case anyway.
Threating the Court
When the case showed up to the court for consideration, multiple Democrats, including at least one presidential candidate, literally threatened the Supreme Court if it decided to hear the case.
The push was led by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Together, the group issued the following statement:
From October Term 2005 through October Term 2017, this court issued 78 5-4 (or 5-3) opinions in which justices appointed by Republican presidents provided all five votes in the majority.
Today, 55 percent of Americans believe the Supreme Court is ‘mainly motivated by politics’ (up five percent from last year); 59 percent believe the court is ‘too influenced by politics’; and a majority now believes the ‘Supreme Court should be restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’
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 desperately needs it to heal.
Now, consider the words and actions taken by Democrats in this case. They are essentially telling the Supreme Court, “Do what we say, or face our wrath.”
The Second Amendment is one of the most polarizing subjects in this country right now, so it deserves to be in front of the Supreme Court.
The sad fact is if there were six liberal justices on the court right now, Democrats would never have rescinded the original law and would be welcoming a Supreme Court review. The reality of the court, though, is that it is now probably the most balanced it has been in quite some time.
The very nature of the court means there will always be a slight edge in ideology one way or the other, but both of Trump’s nominations have proven that politics do not influence their decision making, as they have both sided with the liberal side of the court on multiple occasions.
This is how Democrats roll these days. Republicans must play by the rules, and Democrats do what they want, and when they don’t win, they simply change the rules.