Halligan’s defeat is part of a pattern that confirms our prediction that gun rights would become the “new abortion” in judicial confirmation battles…

And unlike the abortion issue, there’s no comparable countervailing force on the pro-gun control side of judicial confirmation fights.

~ Curt Levey analyzing the influence of second amendment issues on the eventual defeat of D.C. Circuit nominee Caitlin Halligan by the Senate, Committee for Justice, December 6