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Eric Holder: Time to ask 'hard questions' about Constitutional rights

Attorney General Eric Holder, still under fire for his role in the infamous Fast and Furious scandal, said that Americans need to ask "hard questions" about Constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms, The Blaze reported Sunday.

Attorney General Eric Holder says it's time to ask "hard questions" about Constitutional rights.
Attorney General Eric Holder says it's time to ask "hard questions" about Constitutional rights.
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“I'll say that as a nation I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions. We gather too often to talk about these kinds of incidents,” he said while speaking about the Newtown school shootings in Tulsa, Okla.

“We need to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms that we have, the rights that we have and how those might be used in a responsible way,” he added.

Holder made his remarks on the second anniversary of the shooting death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) took Holder to task for his comments while appearing on "Fox News Sunday."

“Well I think coming from him, that’s really important to note, coming from a man who’s over a department that forced the sale of guns to people that would bring about the death of people like Brian Terry, and there should be national outrage about Mexicans — our neighbors — 200 or more that have been killed by the guns that his department have forcibly — forced to be sold,” he said.

A post at the American Thinker reminds readers that Holder once suggested brainwashing people against guns, using anti-smoking campaigns as a model.

"What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes,” he said in January 1995.

"We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way," Holder advised.

At the time, Holder served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Video of Holder's "brainwashing" comment can be seen here.

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