As a follow-up to Chuck Muth’s excellent piece about Harry Reid’s hypocrisy on this issue I wanted to share the proof that Elissa Cadish is a 2nd Amendment denier, and as such, not deserving a confirmation hearing.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is attempting to push yet another radical anti-gunner through the U.S. Senate. This time it’s Elissa Cadish, who flatly denies that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right.
Asked in 2008 by a group called Citizens for Responsible Government whether she believed an individual citizen had a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, Cadish answered:
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller puts the brakes on anti-gun judicial nominee
“I do not believe there is this constitutional right. Thus, I believe that reasonable restrictions may be imposed on gun ownership in the interest of public safety. Of course, I will enforce the laws as they exist as a judge.” [sic]
Now, she claims that she was only stating the law as it existed before the Supreme Court’s Heller v. D.C. decision.
But let’s count the “red flags” raised by Cadish:
First, the “militia” theory was not “the law” prior to Heller, either in terms of the Framers’ intentions or in terms of the Supreme Court’s admittedly muddled jurisprudence.
Second, the concept that “restrictions … on gun ownership [further] public safety” is a thinly veiled suggestion that, once on the bench for life, Cadish will do everything possible to thwart gun owners’ rights.
Third, we’ve heard the “enforce the law” lingo from other Obama nominees, including Sonia Sotomayor, who, as soon as she had secured confirmation, went on an anti-Second Amendment rampage.
Thankfully, Nevada’s other Senator, Dean Heller, is using his prerogative as one of the nominee’s home state Senators to keep this confirmation from moving forward.
It’s called the “blue slip” procedure, an informal custom in which the Senate refuses to move on a nominee that does not have the support of his or her own Senators.
But in response to Sen. Heller’s standing firm, every gun-hating liberal in Nevada — including Harry Reid — have crawled out of the woodwork to blast his efforts to protect the right to keep and bear arms.
Sen. Heller is not backing down from this fight, in the face of enormous political pressure from the White House and the powerful Majority Leader. We need to encourage him to continue to hold firm, and to rally other Senators in opposition to this nominee.
ACTION #1: Send Senator Heller an email at [email protected]. Thank him for opposing the confirmation of Elissa Cadish on Second Amendment grounds, and for standing up to Harry Reid and the Obama machine.
ACTION #2: Contact your own Senators and urge them to join Sen. Heller in opposing Elissa Cadish.
Cadish survey is posted below. 2nd Amendment portion:
Do you believe the individual citizen has a constitutional right to keep and bear arms?
“I do not believe that there is this constitutional right. Thus, I believe that reasonable restrictions may be imposed on gun ownership in the interest of public safety. Of course, I will enforce the laws as they exist as a judge.”
“Sen. Dean Heller has informed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will not sign off on the nomination of Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish to the federal bench, an extraordinary move that rarely happens between two senators of the same state, sources confirm.
Heller, I’m reliably told, informed Reid of an issue involving gun rights that arose in a previous Cadish campaign. It apparently has to do with her commitment to the Second Amendment, which caused Heller’s concern. Cadish has not — at least not yet — been asked to withdraw.”
Face to Face With Jon Ralston
KSNV (NBC) – Las Vegas, NV
Face to Face (Dana Gentry sitting in for Jon Ralston): Question: The nomination of a federal judge from Nevada has you and the senior Senator Harry Reid disagreeing. Judge Cadish said back in 2008 she did not believe there was a constitutional right to bear arms. She now says she said that because there were federal cases that were up in the air at the time. Is that the reason you’re not supporting her.
Dean Heller: Well, i think it has been covered well, by your show, and Mr. Ralston himself. I believe it is not a case-by-case right. That’s my position.
Question: You told the [Las Vegas] Sun that you need a candidate who supports the Constitution. Do you think the judge does not support the Constitution?
Dean Heller: No, what I am saying is I want someone who supports the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. I will go to Washington, D.C. and voters in Nevada know that’s where I stand and that’s what I’ll protect. I’ll be honest, there’s a lack of support for the Second Amendment back in Washington, D.C. and I am not going to waiver on this position.
Question: Do you have any other litmus tests for a federal judge?
Dean Heller: It is not necessarily a litmus test. I did not go into this determining one way or another… but the bottom line, she filled out a questionnaire and does not believe in the right to bear arms, and I disagree with that.
Question: What about her explanation that the question was up in the air at the time and she was waiting for some settlements?
Dean Heller: Well, that’s what I said earlier. I don’t think it is a case-by-case right. It is a constitutional right and it should remain that way.
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