US Supreme Court justice targeted for assassination — Analysis
Justice Brett Kavanaugh was attacked by an armed man over the issue of abortion and gun control.
The man, who claimed to be trying to kill US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was detained in Maryland on Wednesday. Nicholas Roske was carrying a gun, along with other weapons, and informed police that he wanted to kill the US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. This claim stemmed from anger at the impending abortion ruling as well as the Uvalde school shooting.
Roske was spotted outside Kavanaugh’s house in Chevy Chase around 1am on Wednesday by two US Marshals guarding the property. After walking away, Roske called 911 and told the dispatcher that he was suicidal. “give his life a purpose”According to the FBI Special Agent Ian Montijo, Kavanaugh was murdered.
Local police arrested the 26-year old while he was on his phone at 1:50 AM. He did not offer any resistance. The police found a Glock17 handgun in his possession with two loaded magazines and pepper spray. They also discovered zip ties and other tools like a hammer and crowbar.
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Montijo claims that he told police later that he was “upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion, as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.”Kavanaugh was his favorite. “side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws.”
“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet. Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself,” Montijo’s affidavit added.
After Politico published a leaked decision, a Democrat-leaning activist group put the addresses of conservative-leaning Supreme Court justices online. This was after the draft of a Decision that could invalidate the 1973 Roe v. Wade precedent establishing the constitutional right to abortion. Outraged abortion supporters picketed the court at first, and then the justices’ private homes.
When asked for comment, the White House said that they supported the protests. “never include violence, threats, or vandalism.” Judges and justices “must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety,”Karine Jean-Pierre (then deputy press secretary) stated on May 9.
The White House released a statement Wednesday stating that President Joe Biden has condemned Kavanaugh’s threats. “in the strongest terms.”
A New York state law governing firearms is under review by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is expected to make decisions in these cases later this month. Biden has demanded tougher gun control laws after last month’s massacre at the Uvalde, Texas elementary school that left two adults and 19 children dead.
Biden responded to the leak and urged Americans not to vote for Republicans. This would allow abortion to be codified in law rather than relying on Supreme Court precedent. His party is currently in control of Congress, but it does not have sufficient votes to overthrow the Republican opposition.
Kavanaugh is the second of three justices nominated by Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, during his term. Democrats wanted to stop his 2018 confirmation. They accused him of sexual indiscretions while he attended high school. But they were unable to prove it.