Letter to the Editor

Vote no on Kagan's confirmation

In the near future, Missouri's U.S. senators will have an opportunity to vote to confirm Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. The question this time is whether or not Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill will vote with Missouri values or with Washington politics.

Both Missouri senators voted to confirm Justice Sonia Sotomayor. During her nomination hearings, Sotomayor, under oath, testified that she believed in the Second Amendment. "I understand the individual right fully that the Supreme Court recognized in Heller."

However, in the McDonald v. Chicago case, which extended Heller to a state-level gun-ban, Sotomayor joined the dissent saying: "In sum, the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self-defense."

We know that Sotomayor lied during her confirmation about her anti-gun stance. We know Kagan will do the same in dancing around the issue. Will Bond and McCaskill this time face the reality of her views against the text of the Constitution and Missouri's values?

I pray this time they'll vote no. Look into Kagan's thoughts on the First Amendment if you want a real scare.

BRIAN BOLLMANN, Jackson