NRA spending seven figures on SCOTUS ad

The NRA is spending seven figures on an ad campaign urging people to call their senators and press them to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

NRA lobbyist Chris Cox said:

“The NRA strongly supports Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court because he will protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It’s critical that all pro-Second Amendment voters urge their senators to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

By pro-Second Amendment, they mean that Kavanaugh on the court would undoubtedly mean looser gun restrictions; in 2011, he tried to get rid of Washington DC's ban on semi-automatic rifles.

In the ad, they use a clip of Charlie Rose asking Justice Stephen Breyer what the second amendment means to him, and in the ad they cut to him saying, "...not the right of an individual to keep a gun next to his bed." It's from October 2016 during a conversation about the law and the Supreme Court, and though it wouldn't change anything for NRA followers, there was more to his answer.

Charlie Rose: "What does the second amendment mean to you?"

Stephen Breyer: "What I thought it meant is this. It says a well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, okay. What did I think it meant? And John Stevens thought it meant and Ruth Ginsburg, several others, what we thought it meant. In article one of the constitutions, it gives to the congress the power to call up and regulate state militias. Okay. There was a lot of concern. If you read the federalist papers, you will just get a feeling for it.

There was a lot of concern and fear that congress might do that and disband them. And replace the state militias after they had disbanded them with a federal army. And that, many people said, vote no on the constitution, because if they can do that, then they can, this federal government, destroy your freedom. Well, said Madison in a sense, as I paraphrase him. Never fear, we will put in the constitution an amendment which says congress can't do that. It cannot call up and disband the state militias. Why? Because a well armed militia is necessary for the security of a free state, i.e., a state militia. And therefore the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In other words, they're talking about that. That is what I thought they were talking about, which is not the right of an individual to keep a gun next to his bed. Okay."

You can see the exchange at 41:44.

The regional campaigns will run in the states of Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp, Doug Jones., Joe Donnelly, and Joe Manchin, who are potential swing votes. 

Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, a possible Republican swing vote, is also being targeted with regional ads..

The NRA spending this much money to urge people to call these specific senators means they're very concerned these senators won't vote for Kavanaugh. So, I'd like that the NRA for letting people know who to call to remind why they should not vote for Kavanaugh. 

That number again is (202) 224-3121.

- Cory

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