By now, gun rights advocates have no reason to be surprised at comedian (apparently some people find him amusing) Bill Maher's contemptuous disdain for our Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. He has, after all, gone so far as to say that "the Second Amendment is bullsh*t," and that even the political left in this country is to blame for being too afraid to say so. And it is on that theme--that "progressives" are not anti-gun enough (not publicly, anyway)--that he focused on in his latest attack on the palladium of liberty.
On his HBO program "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday, Maher expressed dismay that when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held a replica musket aloft at the Conservative Political Action Conference, his likely Democrat opponent Alison Grimes criticized him not for the gun itself, but for what she apparently believes was sloppy gun handling on McConnell's part. From the transcript of Maher's show, provided by Real Clear Politics:
The problem is that Democrats love guns, too. That when Mitch McConnell did that and held the gun up, here's what his opponent, the Democrat, tweeted. She said: 'Someone tell Team Mitch that's not the way to hold a gun.' There she is (on the monitor). 'Kentucky women do it better.'
You see, that's the problem. Democrats are just as bad.
Maher's guest, "progressive" congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) said that wasn't the problem, to which Maher replied, "It's a problem with me."
Then Maher got to what is apparently is going to have to serve as his "point":
Then why doesn't your party come out against the Second Amendment? It's the problem.
And then we are treated to a bit of a surprise, after all, in that Rep. Ellison actually managed enough honesty to state that he and his "progressive" cohorts are against the Second Amendment:
ELLISON: I sure wish they would ["come out" against the Second Amendment]. I sure wish they would.
MAHER: Really? Because I never hear anybody in the Democratic party say that. But they say, 'I am also a strong supporter.'
ELLISON: You have got to check out the progressive caucus. We have come out very strong for common-sense gun safety rules.
Ellison's and friends' hostility to the Second Amendment is, of course, not what is surprising--it's that he is willing to admit it--something that Maher is correct in saying is rarely seen.
Keep in mind, by the way, that Maher claims to own guns (which would appear to be illegal, given the fact of his highly publicized regular use of marijuana), and indeed says that he "ain't giving up [his] gun." As this column noted at the time, with that declaration, Maher sounded quite a lot like one of the "insurrectionists" that the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence finds so frightening:
Interestingly, "ain't giving up my gun" sounds an awful lot like the "We will never surrender our guns" declaration that Coalition to Stop Gun Violence executive director Josh Horwitz describes as "perverse," and "dangerous," and "insurrectionist."
Still, one should probably not count on Maher when it comes time for we the people to fight to keep our guns--when that happens, he is likely to have much more interest in his marijuana than in his means of defending his liberty.
In the end, let's hope that Rep. Ellison is correct, and that "progressive" Democrats will campaign on a platform that admits to seeking the end of the Second Amendment--that they have given up trying to pretend that their forcible citizen disarmament agenda can be realized without infringing on that which shall not be infringed.
Good luck with that.
Update: Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman has more, in "Maher's stunning admission: ‘Common-sense gun safety is bull----.’"
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