Kavanaugh thoughtful, guided by Constitution

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear he has mixed feelings about the availability of firearms in America.

Gun, gang and drug violence “has plagued all of us,” Kavanaugh wrote in one opinion from his current position as a federal judge in Washington. He added a comment about how the Constitution “disables the government from employing certain means to prevent, deter, or detect violent crime.”

Then, in that opinion and others, Kavanaugh came down squarely in defense of the Second Amendment.

He is not a “gun nut,” however. He supports current federal limits on ownership of machine guns, including fully automatic rifles. His reading of the Constitution convinces Kavanaugh that the nation’s founders meant to defend the right of people to own the types of guns traditionally and widely owned by civilians, he has explained.

All this is good news for Americans concerned about how a high court with Kavanaugh on it would deal with a variety of issues, not just guns.

Kavanaugh, it seems, is among that increasingly rare breed of judges who believe the Supreme Court should base decisions not on personal beliefs, but on the Constitution. That is precisely the court we need.

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