NRA 'A'-Rated Senators Confirm Kagan Despite NRA Opposition
WASHINGTON --- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, released the following statement on the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Elena Kagan is seen by many political figures on both sides of the aisle as a person of keen intellect and unvarnished integrity, who respects the law and precedent. By confirming her today, the U.S. Senate rejected the extremism of the National Rifle Association, which strongly opposed her. The NRA bosses not only argued against her confirmation, but also advertised against it, and indicated they would ‘score’ Senators on their votes.
“But even eight Senators rated 'A' by the NRA -- and one rated A+ -- stood up to the gun lobby and voted to confirm her.
“With Ms. Kagan’s background as an advisor and legal counselor to former President Clinton, and her experience as the dean of Harvard Law School, the Supreme Court is welcoming a justice who will respect judicial precedent and one who recognizes that reasonable gun regulations can save lives.
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“The Brady Campaign was proud to endorse Elena Kagan and support her confirmation against the determined opposition of the NRA. We look forward to her service on our nation's highest court.”