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Judge Jackson claps for ‘assault rifles’ ban at Harvard commencement

Judge Ketanji Jackson will join the court for the next term

Judge Ketanji Jackson, who will take a seat on the Supreme Court at the end of the June term, clapped in support of a gun ban during a recent graduation ceremony.

Jackson can be seen behind New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during the May 26 commencement ceremony at Harvard University. Ardern listed a number of liberal political victories the country had achieved, such as action on climate change and LGBT agenda items.

She included “banning military-style, semi-automatics and assault rifles,” as another victory, to a round of applause from the graduation attendees and Jackson.

Video shows Jackson clapping to that specific example. The federal judge attended law school at the Ivy League university.

The ceremony happened just two days after a deadly shooting at a public school in Uvalde, Texas that renewed calls for restrictions on the sale of firearms.

The same night of the shooting, President Joe Biden said he wanted to see “assault weapons” banned.

“I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage.

“I spent my career as a senator and as Vice President working to pass commonsense gun laws,” he said on May 24. “We can’t and won’t prevent every tragedy.”

“But we know they work and have a positive impact. When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down,” he said. “When the law expired, mass shootings tripled. The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong.”

Any executive action or law passed by Congress that restricted the sale or ownership of guns could potentially end up in front of the Supreme Court.

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.