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This is a great opportunity for a West Virginia Tea Party patriot to pick up a senate seat.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a pro-gun rights senator with an A rating from the National Rifle Association who shot a bullet through the cap-and-trade bill in an infamous ad from his 2010 campaign, called on Monday for a discussion about gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Manchin addressed Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman entered the school and fired on students and teachers with a semi-automatic weapon. The final death toll was 20 children and six adults.
“I don’t know anyone in the hunting or sporting arena that goes out with an assault rifle,” he said. “I don’t know anybody that needs 30 rounds in the clip to go hunting. I mean, these are things that need to be talked about.”
Leave it to a so-called moderate Democrat to decry one of the primary reasons (just one, mind you) the Founders drafted the Second Amendment in the first place: ‘A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’
Just how ‘well regulated’ can a militia be, when its weapons are archaic? What clear-thinking Second Amendment advocate would call for the reduction in the firepower of a ‘well regulated’ citizen army? Why have the constitutional right to form militias, if those militias have no chance of being effective?
This is precisely the moment in our history that the Founders envisioned when they drafted an amendment securing citizens’ right to bear arms: a time when the government would conceivably become powerful enough that it could disarm the population, thus making itself the lone arbiter of our freedoms.
Just why does the Senator believe the Founders would see a day when a citizen-formed militia might become necessary? The tiny U.S. military had just defeated the largest and most technologically advanced army on the face of the earth. So, having confidence in the government’s ability to defend the nation, just why would they have reason for concern that citizens might one day have to take up arms?
Here’s a hint: It begins with Barack and ends in Obama.