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‘Pro-gun Democrat’ once more places Obama administration over gun rights

Obama and Tester share a laugh -- and an agenda.
Obama and Tester share a laugh -- and an agenda.
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“[A]nti-gunners were not able ... to trot out the 50 votes needed to break a filibuster of the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General,” Gun Owners of American advised members and supporters in a Friday alert.

“The anti-gun Adegbile had argued, prior to the Supreme Court’s Heller decision in 2008, that the Second Amendment only applied to militias,” GOA explained.

“Debo Adegbile, who Obama has reportedly been quietly moving toward the vestibule of the U.S. Supreme Court, is also an anti-gun zealot,” NRA’s Wayne LaPierre elaborated in 2012 when the nominee was being “groom[ed] for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia -- the traditional stepping-stone to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

“As director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., Adegbile co-authored an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s gun-ban case, District of Columbia v. Heller,” LaPierre explained. “Among other things, Adegbile’s brief argued that: ‘... the right protected by the Second Amendment is one that exists only in the context of a lawfully organized militia.’”

In spite of that, one “A-rated” Democrat, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, joined with confirmed anti-gunners Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin and others.

This is Tester’s second vote for administration interests over those of his gun owner constituents in a little over a month. In February, he joined anti-gunners in the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to continue requiring peaceable citizens to disarm in Post Offices. It follows a long pattern of negating “pro-gun” actions by endorsing Barack Obama, the man NRA calls “the most anti-gun president ever to occupy the Oval Office,” and helping to confirm the likes of Eric Holder, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. That enables Tester to play both sides of the fence, claiming he voted for gun owner interests on certain key bills (when in reality, a vote against them would have been political suicide in Montana), yet still advance party interests to allow the executive and judicial branches of government to undermine legislative checks and balances.


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