Every presidential cycle involves the debate over gun control. Candidates try to score points by taking one side or the other, depending on what helps their strategy. Clinton – despite claiming, as she did in her acceptance speech, that she is “not here to take away your guns” – has placed herself firmly with the likes of Bloomberg and the other Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) in attempting to limit the freedoms granted by the second amendment. Trump, on the other hand, has been endorsed by the NRA and often mentions measures that would extend the freedoms currently granted.
But the executive branch is only one part of the fight to maintain the second amendment. The legislative branch, currently controlled by the Republican party, is a balance to anti-second amendment presidents. If both the presidency and the United States Congress are controlled by the left, however, there is still one branch left to support and uphold the constitution: the Supreme Court. And that branch is bending dangerously towards the breaking point under the current liberal imbalance.
Before the unfortunate and tragic death of Antonin Scalia, the court held a delicate 4-4-1 balance, with decisions mostly coming down to the swing vote of Judge Anthony Kennedy. Now, with Scalia gone, the court’s decisions either result in liberal rulings or a 4-4 standoff. The next president will determine whether the Supreme Court becomes a liberal stronghold or returns to its balanced state. Your vote in November, however, carries even more weight than that.
There is serious concern revolving around the possibility of the next president having the opportunity to replace three more judges besides the now-vacant Scalia seat. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a staunch liberal, is 83, Anthony Kennedy, a Republican who has often been a swing vote, is 80, and Stephen Breyer, a Democrat, is 77. While it is certainly rather morbid to discuss the possibility of needing to replace the Supreme Court justices, it is important to not be naive. If the president we elect this November goes on to serve two terms, they will almost certainly have the opportunity to appoint a total of four justices. If Clinton wins, an era of a liberal bloc in the Supreme Court will begin and with it, the possibility of an upper hand in the fight against the second amendment.
With a Republican win in the fall, not only would Conservative power return to the Court, but past rulings such as Citizens United would be upheld and protected. Most importantly, all talk of repealing the second amendment, of removing firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens, of restricting the Constitution, would be nothing more than political rhetoric. With the branches of government in the hands of conservative leaders, your right to keep and bear arms will be protected.