Massachusetts/Iowa/New Hampshire – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the first big-name Democrat to announce the formation of an exploratory committee for a possible run for President Trump. She isn’t the first to announce, though: Richard Ojeda, a state senator and failed U.S. House of Representatives candidate from West Virginia was technically the first Democrat to announce, but he is considered a longshot to win. So, it’s time to review where she stands on our Second Amendment rights.
Now, let’s keep in mind that the administrative decision to issue regulations banning bump stocks aside, President Trump has been a pro-Second Amendment president, particularly due to the quality of his judicial nominations. Even that bump-stock ban, which is being done via regulation, will be on shaky ground, as ATF has admitted in the past that they did not have the authority to pass such a regulation. The quality of judicial nominations means there is a very good chance that the regulatory bump-stock ban can be stricken down by the courts – something that could be a valuable precedent. But we digress.
Why do we discuss this situation? Yes, it is disappointing President Trump went along with the bump-stock ban. However, it should be noted that according to Project VoteSmart, Elizabeth Warren has been a reliable “NO” vote on every one of the pro-Second Amendment appellate and Supreme Court nominations that President Trump has made. The same judges who provide a distinct possibility shoot down this ban that the ATF has said it had no authority to impose.