I watched some of the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and came away underwhelmed. That’s not surprising because, if confirmed (which is almost a certainty given the 50-50 Senate split), she’ll replace anti-gunowners’-rights Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. But I didn’t like her because she was dodgy — exactly the opposite of what a Supreme Court justice should be.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked her, “Do you believe the individual right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right?” Answer: “Senator, the Supreme Court has established that the individual right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right,” Judge Jackson said, not answering the question directly.

More troublesome was the nominee’s answer in response to Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn’s question: “Can you provide a definition of the word ‘woman’?” Jackson: “No, I can’t.” Blackburn: “You can’t?” Jackson: “I’m not a biologist.”

Here, I’ll help Jackson out: A woman is an adult human female. No biology degree needed. Her answer is troubling because she may have to decide what the definition of a “firearm” is, or to “bear,” or to “keep,” to name just three terms we’re interested in here. So if she doesn’t have gunsmith training, how can she spot the difference between a “bolt” and a “chamber?”

The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $70.52 billion in 2021, a 269% increase, according to a report released by the NSSF, the firearms industry trade association. Moreover, the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 in 2008 to more than 375,819 last year, a 126% increase.

“The economic contributions of our industry are indisputably contributing to every state and every community. This is the hallmark of the hard-working men and women who prove that the American firearm and ammunition industry is strong,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF president and CEO. “This industry has welcomed more than 5.4 million first-time gun buyers in 2021 alone. This growth equals more jobs that add to our local economies, averaging $56,900 in wages and benefits.”

According to the report, on a year-over-year basis, the industry’s economic impact rose from $63.5 billion in 2020, to $70.52 billion. Total jobs increased by more than 33,000 in the same period, from 342,330 to 375,819. The firearm and ammunition industry paid more than $7.85 billion in business taxes, including property, income and sales-based levies. An additional $1.1 billion was paid in federal excise taxes, which directly contributes to wildlife conservation. Since 2008, Pittman-Robertson excise taxes that support wildlife conservation have risen by 214 percent and state business taxes by 151 percent, the NSSF report said. All good news, folks.


  1. I’m interested to know if you’re equally underwhelmed at the recent performance of the Justices who gave similarly poor and equivocal answers to Questions related to Roe vs Wade at their confirmation hearings (it’s a precedent, it’s well established etc) and then went on to sign onto the current draft opinion?
    Surely a demonstrated lack of integrity right now is as disappointing as a theoretical future one?

  2. Todd
    Sitting out on the porch this mornin speaking with my wife’s deer, I read your article and agree with your assessment of your observation. So, to add a little humor to it, it reminded me of the movie “Best little hoor house in Texas” when the actor did the music number “Do a little sidestep”. I really believe the sad point about all of the bad things being done with guns today is all the blame on the manufacture. The three factors I see that they need to blame are:
    1: People with no respect for themself or others, regardless of the reasoning behind
    their thought patterns.
    2: Lawmakers having no idea what care responsible gun owners do to prove they’re
    not the “crazy flash my guns around”.
    3: Hold the people accountable that are doing the crimes, instead of giving more reasons
    why it’s not their fault.
    You see the “DO A LITTLE SIDESTEP” every time a Senator or Representative is ask that question. Well gotta go as always love this magazine, and the deer say HI

    DJ Davis USMC (Gysgt Ret)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here