It is nothing short of inconceivable that President Biden’s pick for attorney general, Merrick Garland, pretended he is ignorant of important gun control issues during his testimony before senators considering his confirmation as the nation’s top cop.

Garland, facing a likely close confirmation vote, told senators he is uninformed about gun policy and could not say whether Biden unilaterally could deny gun sales by permanently delaying background checks. Using the same rationale, he said he did not know whether Biden could ban the sale of popular rifles such as AR-15s.

That from a man who would advise Biden on critical gun control issues.

Oddly enough, Merrick, appointed by Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C, Circuit, knows enough to vote at least four times against gun rights. In 2000, he voted to allow the FBI to keep National Instant Criminal Background Check System background check records well beyond the immediate destruction required by the Brady Law, Stephen Gutowski reports in the Washington Free Beacon.

Retention of those records would create a de facto gun registration list, banned by law.

In 2012, Garland voted to allow the prosecution – with a 30-year mandatory minimum sentence, no less – of automatic firearms offenses without proof the accused knew the weapon was automatic, known as a showing of mens rea or a guilty mind, a requirement common in criminal law, Gutowski reports.

Garland’s feigned ignorance, aimed, we suppose, at bettering his confirmation chances, would seem to us to disqualify him for a job where knowledge of those issues and the Second Amendment is crucial for the retention of Americans’ freedom.

The Senate should reject Garland, if for nothing else, his decision to be less than forthcoming in his answers to important questions.

2 Responses to Inconceivable

  1. Marlin Savage March 7, 2021 at 9:44 am

    The left doesn’t want to admit that gun control laws only affect the righteous, law abiding, gun owners. Criminals, by their very nature, ignore laws; especially gun laws…….

    Enforce existing gun laws; especially felons in possession of a firearm. Too often, these charges are pleaded down from 10 years maximum, to a misdemeanor.

  2. Donald Drumpf March 6, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    This is funny. Take Merrick Garland, rewind 5 years, and remember that we refused to put him in the Supreme Court because a president with 11 months left in his term shouldn’t determine the next SCOTUS appointment. Fast forward from there and you’ll see that we can, in fact, elect a SCOTUS appointment, with just 13 days before the general election. The appointee, Amy Coney Barret, can even avoid all testimony in her appointee hearing, saying “I can’t characterize the facts in a hypothetical situation, and I can’t [say what I’d do] to a hypothetical set of facts.” She also has a history, and that history says she has an opinion, much like the body of this article is accusing Garland of having. So this is where I say, to every GOP member, you reap what you sow. If you want to operate under a certain decorum, I suggest you start leading by example rather than screaming the high road from the muck.


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