Right wing racists can't find enough legitimate reasons to rally support in opposition of Sotomayor's confirmation so they make crap up out of whole cloth -- such as the smear that she's an anti-gun radical justice. It's bullshit.
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been called an "anti-gun radical" by some gun rights activists for joining an opinion this year that said the Second Amendment does not prevent state and local governments from restricting arms ownership.
But yesterday a panel of conservative luminaries on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit reached the same conclusion. The unanimous ruling rejecting a challenge to Chicago's tough handgun law could complicate efforts to portray Sotomayor as a judicial activist trying to undermine the Supreme Court's landmark decision last year holding that the amendment protects the right to own a gun for self-defense.
The more that comes to light, the more obvious the right's lies become:
Gun rights advocates point to the decision in Maloney v. Cuomo as Exhibit A in their description of Sotomayor as an "anti-gun radical."
"Sotomayor, a politically correct lover of centralized government power (as long as she is part of the power elite), immediately went into counter-attack mode against the Heller decision," said a statement by the Gun Owners of America.
But yesterday, a panel of the 7th Circuit, hearing a challenge to gun laws in Chicago and the suburb of Oak Park, came to the same conclusion. "We agree with Maloney," said the opinion, referring to the 2nd Circuit's decision. The 7th Circuit's decision was written by the circuit's chief judge, Frank H. Easterbrook, one of the nation's leading conservative jurists, along with two Republican-appointed judges, including conservative favorite Richard A. Posner.
George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales were professional liars. The right has learned that lying as a cover for your real politicla motives is a viable means of rallying the functionally-illiterate conservatives who can't think their way out of a tight parking spot.
The truth is there, but they refuse to see it, preferring instead that someone hand them a lie or two that they can wrap around themselves like a blanket.
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