Will Wray swear an oath to enforce “commonsense” gun legislation or to “support and defend the Constitution”? (Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing/YouTube)
Attorney Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, gave a response to a “gun control” question in Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that raises flags for right to keep and bear arms advocates. Per The Daily Signal, Wray was being “pressed” by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “on whether he would back universal background checks for gun buyers.”
Wray tried to get around specifics at first, talking in general terms about “efforts to deal with gun violence” and how he “would want to take a look at any specific legislative proposal and get back to you once I have evaluated [it].” But Blumenthal, as committed an enemy of the Second Amendment as ever put one hand on a Bible, raised the other and proceeded to lie though his teeth, was intent on scoring points by wringing out exploitable sound bites.
“I wouldn’t rule out any commonsense gun reform legislation without having a chance to review it,” Wray finally admitted. “I would have to review it and make an assessment based on the circumstances. But I can commit to you that being tough on gun violence is something that I would want to be as director of the FBI.”
While he did not actually commit to anything, the language Wray chose to use is troubling. Case in point, from Blumenthal’s website:
“I am fully committed to seeing common sense legislation to reduce gun violence signed into law.”
Does anybody see any discernible difference in professed philosophies?
“My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law,” Wray told the Committee in his prepared testimony. “They have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them no matter the test.”
What are the hearings if not an entrance exam?
It would have eased some concerns if that pledge had been the response he gave, including an explanation of why fidelity to “the supreme Law of the Land” means some edicts and orders must not be obeyed. Instead, he won Blumenthal’s endorsement for confirmation.
For some reason a George Carlin line comes to mind.
Donald Trump was elected over Hillary Clinton because he made the right noises about the guns that she was eyeing covetously. Now that he’s in power, it shouldn’t be too much to hope for him to make good on those words in actions, appointments and expectations of his subordinates.
It shouldn’t be but chances are it is, considering the importance the elites place on their continued membership in the big club.
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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.