Nominee Miers gets hammered by Fox News
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Records Show Miers Owned ...
October 11th, 2005 12:38 PM
Nominee Miers gets hammered by Fox News
Now I am a pretty big fan of Fox News, but I must say they dropped the ball on this one.
Records Show Miers Owned Gun
Monday, October 10, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas — Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, who once owned a .45-caliber revolver (search), is not licensed to carry a concealed handgun in Texas. State officials refused Monday to reveal whether she has ever been licensed.
Miers' brother gave her the Smith & Wesson (search) handgun when he was worried about her living alone in Dallas. Judge Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court, a longtime friend of Miers', has said she kept the gun for a long time.
State law requires the release of information about license holders but not former license holders, said Pamela Smith, assistant general counsel for the agency.
A person in Texas can own a gun without a concealed handgun license. Texas is one of 43 states that allow concealed weapons, and more than 230,000 residents are registered under the law.
The Texas state archives on Monday released thousands of pages of documents related to Miers' days as chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission (search), from 1995 to 2000, and her correspondence with then-Gov. George W. Bush.
A transcript of her confirmation hearing before the state Senate in 1995 indicated that senators asked Miers only a few questions and that her nomination by Bush was generally unopposed.
On the issue of licensing charitable bingo groups, Miers was asked if the Ku Klux Klan (search) could qualify to run a bingo operation. "Well, I would certainly hope not," she replied.
The records indicated that the Anti-Defamation League presented her its jurisprudence award in 1996 for her devotion to the "principles enshrined in the Constitution."
Miers and Bush exchanged several birthday notes and general well-wishes during her lottery tenure. Bush told Miers in a birthday note in 2000, "Have a great life!"
In 1997, Miers sent to Bush a late birthday card featuring a sad-looking dog and the note: "Dear Governor GWB, You are the best Governor ever — deserving of great respect!" She added, "At least for thirty days — you are not younger than me."
Bush wrote back to wish Miers a happy 52nd birthday, telling her that he appreciated her friendship and that she should "never hold back your sage advice." He ended the note with a postscript: "No more public scatology."
Later that year, in October, Miers wrote a note to Bush saying that she hopes the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara, recognize that their parents are "cool."
Unnamed "close friends" as sources and completely twisting the story around. It should have been about her owning a gun for personal protection, there is no proof or even an hint of evidence in the records released that she even carried the gun concealed. This was pretty poor journalism. On the other hand if the report is true the Miers just got a little more appealing as a justice in my mind. If she did own a gun I would have to think she would lean a pro-gun in her interpretation of 2A. She still has me a little worried just because I don't know anything about her, but this slanted journalism will not help her cause and I think she deserves a fair shot.
Just my $.02
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October 11th, 2005 08:30 PM
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I am heartily tired of slanted journalism and errant spin. So much I think comes down to what the editor/producer decides will look good - sensationalizing wherever possible.
So she owned a handgun - big deal (good for her) - it is no real business of any third party what she had it for - be it home protection or use when out hiking! And seemingly so far any carry aspect is unconfirmed. I would like to think she is at least on our side even if not a staunch 2A supporter per se.
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October 14th, 2005 05:06 PM
I too am a fan of Fox News although they not are all conservatives there. I did notice that the article was not written by a Fox correspondent, but was an AP relelase and it does not surprise me that the artcle was slanted coming from that source. I think it is a good thing that she owned a handgun.
October 14th, 2005 05:49 PM
Yes, It was reported earlier that she owned a Smith and Wesson .45. No wussy.
What we don't know is if she has an elitist attitude towards 2A.
October 14th, 2005 05:53 PM
Diane Feinstein owns guns and has a CCW ... gun ownership proves nothing.
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