She recalled paying a courtesy call on Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) shortly after her nomination to the court by President Obama in May 2010. Risch asked her about gun rights, and remarked she may not realize how important the issue was to some Americans, especially in his home state.
She admitted never having owned or fired a gun before. “But I told the senator if I was fortunate enough to be confirmed, I would go hunting with Justice Scalia.”
And she has, joining her conservative colleague on an excursion to a Washington-area shooting range and on several hunting trips, until now never reported. Her host at the synagogue event was surprised.
“You’re Jewish,” deadpanned Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg.
“Yeah, but it turns out, it’s kind of fun,” said Kagan, laughing.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Justice Elena Kagan - Jewish Markswoman?
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, simply by virtue of being an Obama appointee, is generally presumed to be hostile towards Second Amendment gun rights. There may be some debate as to whether this is a fair portrayal. But in any case, we do know she has joined the ranks of Jewish shooters:
I think her comments suggest she has an open mind about guns serving a positive role in society, which is a good start.