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Right to Self-Defense Ambivalence Renders Sotomayor Supreme Court Nomination an Outrage, says Gun Law Expert
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

 


"The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court is an outrage," says gun rights expert John M. Snyder. "The United States Senate should not confirm the nomination."

Snyder noted that Sotomayor said "I don't know" if an individual citizen of the United States has a right to self-defense. She said this during confirmation hearings conducted earlier this month by the Senate Judiciary Committee. She said this in response to questioning by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

Sen. Coburn, a medical doctor, asked Sotomayor: "Do you have a personal opinion, or can you give me your opinion, of whether or not I personally, as an individual citizen, have a right to self-defense?"

Sotomayor's response was, "I --- as I said, I don't know."

Snyder said that, "This shows Sotomayor does not know whether an individual has a right to defend himself or herself, has a right to his or her own life.

"The right to self-preservation is basic to our nation, to our culture, indeed to civilization itself. To not know whether or not this right exists is an absolute disqualifier. The fact that an individual of such ambivalence on such a fundamental matter is nominated to the highest court in the land and that the Senate even is considering the nomination can lead one to question the legitimacy of government itself. What is the purpose of government if not the preservation of the rights of individuals, and the most basic of rights, the right of self-preservation?"

A former National Rifle Association magazine editor, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation. Shotgun News recently named him the senior rights activist in Washington.

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