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Friday, April 1, 2016

WaPo Headline Mistakes Liberal Law Profs For “Second Amendment Experts”

A Washington Post headline declared Thursday that “Second Amendment Experts” say that NRA is distorting the gun record of President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, investigation reveals the Post is the one guilty of distortion. 

The Post’s Second Amendment “experts” are actually “a group of 10 law professors organized by the liberal American Constitution Society (ACS),” who claim NRA’s opposition to judge Merrick Garland is “based on an extraordinary misrepresentation of his record.” However, the ACS’ website reveals the group is dedicated to “countering the activist conservative legal movement,” saying, “One of the American Constitution Society’s principal missions is nurturing the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics.” 

ACS “is also debunking conservative buzzwords such as ‘originalism …,’” one of the principles Scalia espoused in District of Columbia v. Heller recognizing an individual right to be armed. Perhaps a more honest headline would have referred to “Second Amendment Opponents.”