David Barton has long been known to be an absolutist extremist who sees the world entirely in black and white. In the past, Barton has been mentioned for this column for his failure to recognize the difference between reproductive rights advocates and illegal late-term abortion providers like Kermit Gosnell, as well as his inability to separate real life Christians from the fanatical antagonists of Bioshock: Infinite.
So it should not have come as any surprise when Barton took another absolutist position on the Second Amendment, which he asserted enables citizens to purchase even tanks, rocket launchers and fighter jets.
"The belief of the Second Amendment was you as a citizen have a right to defend yourself whether it be against a thug, an aggressor, a crook, or against your government," said Barton. "Now this is where a lot of liberals go through the roof; are you saying that you think individual citizens have a right to own a machine gun?
"Yeah. And an Abrams Tank, and a bazooka, and a F-16 because you've got a right to defend yourself with the same size of weapons that might be brought against you. You have a right to fight back with whatever you can get your hands on to defend your life, your property, your possession, your family, your whatever."