During a commencement address given at Harvard University last week, Supreme Court Justice-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson was seen clapping at the mention of a recent assault weapons ban in New Zealand.
The address was given by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. During her statement, the prime minister listed various actions taken by her government, from climate change initiatives to the legalization of gay marriage.
When Ardern mentions New Zealand’s recent ban of “military style semi-automatics and assault rifles,” Ketanji Brown Jackson, seated directly behind the podium, is among the first in the audience to begin clapping. The applause eventually became a standing ovation for the prime minister.
Jackson, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Biden and confirmed in April, was ambiguous about her Second Amendment stance during her Senate confirmation hearings. Although she affirmed that the “individual right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right,” upon questioning by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), she was unable to offer a clear definition of what a “fundamental right” meant to her.
Jackson’s recent applause for New Zealand’s assault weapons ban comes at a time when many Democrats are calling for a similar restriction in the U.S.
During a nationwide address on Thursday night, President Biden called on Congress to “finally do something” about gun violence by banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The push is nothing new, with leftists taking advantage of another tragedy to justify disarming law abiding Americans.
Biden’s comments came in the wake of the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Texas, which are being politicized by the left in an effort to advance gun control measures. While police across the country are defunded and crime rates continue to soar, Democrats are making it their priority to make sure that only criminals will have high-capacity magazines. This, despite the fact that the Buffalo shooter exchanged messages stating that he chose Buffalo, New York, because they had gun laws that would prevent lawful gun owners from properly defending themselves.
In the House, Democrats have introduced a package of legislation composed of eight separate bills, which they call the “Protecting Our Kids Act.” The legislation would include a number of new firearm-related restrictions, including raising the legal age to buy a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21.
Such a bill is likely to pass the House, where Democrats hold a 220-208 majority, but will face much steeper resistance in the evenly-split Senate.