People often say dumb things in the heated passion of political debate. And in the new era of gun control regulations, inflaming emotions rather than engaging in a rational discussion has become all too common.
What follows is a list of 9 dumb quotes from gun-control proponents about the Second Amendment, gun violence, and guns that confirms, once again, that thinking before emoting is easier said than done.
1) “The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we’ve got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?”
This comment was made by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-New York) in a March 12 interview with John Fugelsang on CurrentTV’s “Viewpoint.” Slaughter blamed the Second Amendment for violent crime, saying “Americans aren’t safe anywhere” and gun control “has to be done” to protect citizens from themselves and their constitutionally guaranteed individual right to own a firearm.
The 13-term congresswoman, who has represented the Rochester area in the House of Representatives since 1987, in the same CurrentTV diatribe also proposed that federal lawmakers “do the same thing with guns that we do with drugs” (whatever that means) and opined that “a lot of people” purchase AR-15s because they want to shoot it out with the federal government.
Or something like that.
2) “What bothers me most about today is that we’re getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change.”
Actor Jay Mohr tweeted this comment shortly after the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing, claiming the Second Amendment somehow inspired two jihadist brothers from central Asia to plant two pressure-cooker bombs in the Patriots Day crowd, killing three and injuring 264.
Apparently, according to Mohr, radical Islamic fundamentalism had nothing to do with it and, apparently, according to Mohr, if America would just rescind the Second Amendment, global violence will “stop.”