Horrors! ACB owns a gun -- so what?

Monday, October 19, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Amy Coney Barrett with note padCritics of Amy Coney Barrett have expressed concern about her Catholic faith and how she might rule on a case involving abortion. But they're also concerned that the Supreme Court nominee might not be fair in cases involving the Second Amendment – because she owns a gun.

Some of those critics have labeled "ACB" (as she's being referred to) as a "gun rights extremist" who holds "radical" and "activist" views on the Second Amendment.

"This is silly for a number of reasons," thinks Amy Swearer, legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a center-right think tank headquartered in Washington, DC. As Swearer points out, Judge Barrett is an American citizen – and, like millions of other Americans, has the right to keep and bear arms.

"Then, when you go about the logic of this and you sort of go down that rabbit hole, to say that because she has a gun she can't rule fairly on issues – Well, she has a car," says Swearer. "Can she not rule fairly on Fourth Amendment search and seizure?"

Barrett is also a homeowner and someone who exercises their First Amendment rights. That prompts Swearer to wonder if the judge supposedly "can't be fair on Second Amendment cases," are people going to argue that Barrett can't be involved in cases related to those matters as well?

Swearer

"I have it on good authority that she's a woman," jokes Swearer. "Could she not rule on cases involving men; or not on those involving women because she is a woman and it wouldn't be fair? This is just absurd logic."

Meanwhile, Swearer says none of this matters to ACB's judicial philosophy.

"She is an originalist," Swearer explains. "That means that her personal preferences and the policies that she personally would like don't play a role – [it means] she looks at the original meaning of the text."

Judge Barrett knows it's not her job to "arbitrarily change" the meaning of the text "based on what she wants," Swearer concludes, describing the critics' line of reasoning as "very silly [and] thoughtless."

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