4/05 Letter To Tom Delay Re: Judicial Accountability

Letter To Rep. Tom Delay From GOA Founder H.L. Richardson

April 15, 2005

The Honorable Tom DeLay
H-107 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Majority Leader:

As founder and Chairman of the Board of Gun Owners of America, I would like to thank you for making a very timely and appropriate call to hold judges accountable when they break their oath of office.

I had the pleasure to have led the fight that tossed Rose Bird and two of her cronies off of the California Supreme Court. The liberal media screamed bloody murder over that event, much to my satisfaction. It is my firm belief that the media attacks on you are proof of your effectiveness and the righteousness of your approach.

Thank you for calling for the impeachment of judges when they depart from their oath of office. When they do that they subvert the rule of law to that of the rule of men.

As you have so correctly pointed out, an independent judiciary is not the same as a pack of judicial activists behaving as if they were legislators with lifetime appointments.

Gun Owners of America and its 300,000 membership, is very concerned with the increasing trend of the Supreme Court to openly celebrate that their decisions are based on foreign law. The most recent outrage was the overturning of capital punishment for thugs who premeditatedly commit murder (Roper v. Simmons). Foreign law almost never supports the right to keep and bear arms. Unless the majority on the Supreme Court is made accountable and/or replaced, it is easy to imagine a ruling by the Court that guts the Second Amendment.

We were particularly offended that Democrats such as Senators Kennedy and Lautenberg would suggest that your call for judicial accountability was tantamount to a call to murder these judges. If that outrageous slander is allowed to stand, then a call by Gun Owners of America’s Political Victory Fund to defeat anti-gun politicians could easily be viewed as a terrorist threat.

We stand solidly behind you and want you to know that you can count on our active support.


Sen. H. L. Richardson (Ret.)