Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) along with Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) Richard Durbin (Ill.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) have band together to file a short brief in a case known as New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. the City of New York. This is the first time in nearly a decade where the Supreme Court had to face a Second Amendment case.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is one that protects individual rights to keep and bear arms.
Whitehouse’s brief was a proposal that challenged New York City’s gun transportation laws. Before the law was amended gun owners were able to bring their weapons—in a sealed container—between their home and a gun range, though not beyond city limits.
The team of plaintiffs involved several New York residents who wished to take their guns beyond the city limits for purposes such as self-defense and recreational use.
After a review was granted by the Supreme Court, the city gave lenience to the challenged restrictions and justices were urged to dismiss the case as moot, despite the plaintiffs having lost their case before a federal trial judge and the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Following the brief Whitehouse made regarding the Second Amendment case before the Supreme Court, he is now facing a backlash as he braces for condemnation from conservatives and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.
Standing by his argument, Whitehouse continues to believe that the court is risking its reputation should it refuse to listen to his claims.
Whitehouse’s brief was immediately met with comprehensive criticism from Judicial Watch.
“Besides practicing law without the proper authorization, Senator Whitehouse also violated the Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct by attacking the federal judiciary and openly threatening the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Judicial Watch has also pointed out that Whitehouse’s brief was inappropriate in nature and has breached a lawyer’s professional code of conduct.
“Attacking the federal judiciary and openly threatening the U.S. Supreme Court is unbecoming for a member of the legal profession as well as a sitting U.S. senator. Senator Whitehouse’s assertion, without basis, that the Court does not rule on the system. It is one thing for a politician to make such a claim on the campaign trail, it is another for a lawyer to make such a charge as part of a legal proceeding. In doing so, Senator Whitehouse has violated the rules of professional conduct.”
LevinTV host Mark Levin expressed his dismay toward Senate Democrats for their call to the Supreme Court to “heal” or otherwise face “fundamental restructuring.”
“Now you have multiple senior Senate Democrats, in a brief filed in the Supreme Court for all the media to see, threatening the Supreme Court with restructuring if they don’t get in line on gun control.” Said Levin over the radio.
Levin continues to call out on Whitehouse and the senators’ brief.
“You have Brett Kavanaugh, a sitting associate justice of the Supreme Court, being threatened by the House Judiciary Committee, which wants his records from the time he was working at the White House Counsel’s office—that is a threat against a sitting justice—and constantly intimidating about impeachment of that justice. You have presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, trashing the Declaration of Independence, trashing the Constitution. You have the, all almost unanimously trashing free markets and capitalism, attacking the Electoral College, attacking the Second Amendment. This is an un-American party, It has become a radicalized, un-American party, rejecting the Constitution except when it thinks it can help them. … Attacking one institution after another. It’s one thing to disagree, and one thing to come up with a constitutional means for addressing them, like Article V Convention of States. But that’s not what they did. They filed a brief in the Supreme Court, threatening these Supreme Court justices, making it abundantly clear that they will bring pressure to change the makeup of the court if the court does not deliver them the opinion that they want.”
“The Supreme Court is well. The American political system is the sick patient (Kavanaugh hearings). The Court is moving center-right and getting out of the left ditch. That’s exactly where the country is headed!” Tweeted Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) commenting that the high court should remain as is.
“When Democrats lose elections, they try to change the rules to favor themselves politically, whether it’s attacking the electoral college or threatening court-packing,” said campaign spokesman Daniel Bucheli to DCNF.