Robert VerBruggen of National Review Online reports that Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to be on the U.S. Supreme Court may have compared the NRA to the KKK. If true this is a shocking development in what has been a low key nominations battle. From NROnline:
National Reviewhas learned that in 1996, Kagan apparently tied the NRA to the KKK — yes, the KKK — while debating the Clinton administration’s position on a bill. The bill in question was the Volunteer Protection Act, which, when it was passed and signed the following year, protected some non-profits’ volunteer workers from tort liability in certain cases. The administration worried that it would apply to volunteers from unlikable non-profits.
If true, this is further evidence that Elena Kagan has little to no respect for American’s right to “keep and bear Arms.” Kagan needs to be asked if this is true in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for June 28th. Kagan has a well documented hostility to gun rights and this new allegation may be a game changer for President Obama’s nominee to be Justice on the highest court in the land.
More from NROnline:
Two documents discovered at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and obtained by National Reviewsuggest that Kagan was involved in these discussions. One does not contain her name, but the handwriting appears to be hers. (You can see an example of Kagan’s handwriting here.) It has the name of administration colleague Fran Allegra at the top, and lists two “Bad guy orgs” that might be covered — the NRA and the KKK.
The second does have Kagan’s name on it; it is a memo from Allegra to Kagan. Allegra reports that he checked the IRS’s “Cumulative List of Organizations Described in Section 170(c)” — the list of tax-exempt organizations, which, he says, are the only organizations the bill would cover — and that neither the NRA nor the KKK was on it. “If you have other names you want me to run down in the Cumulative List, I would be glad to checkthem out,” he adds, suggesting that Kagan requested the initial check of the NRA and the KKK.
Is Kagan so hostile to gun rights that she would compare the top gun-rights organization in the United States with a viciously racist hate group? It sure looks that way. We look forward to her explanation.