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#5 – Stephen Breyer

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Stephen Gerald Breyer is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. A lawyer by occupation, he became a professor and jurist before then-president Bill Clinton appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1994. Breyer is generally associated with his more liberal side.1


Breyer served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg during 1964, and served briefly as a fact-checker for the Warren commission. He worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division as a special assistant to Attorney general from 1965 to 1967, with many more achievements under his belt.2


In an interview on Fox News Sundays, Breyer claimed that based on the values and historical record, the founding Fathers of the United States never intended guns to go unregulated, and that that history supports his views. He summarized it by saying. “We’re acting as judges. If we’re going to decide everything on the basis of history – by the way, what is the scope of the right to keep and bear arms? Machine guns? Torpedoes? Handguns? Are you a sportsman? Do you like to shoot pistols at targets? Well, get on a subway and go to Maryland. There is no problem, I don’t think, for anyone who really wants to have a gun.”3


Additionally, Justice Breyer voted for gay marriage with the majority Supreme Court opinion in June 2015. Time Magazine states: “Left-leaning Breyer and Sotomayor sided against DOMA in 2013”4





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