Sunday, November 6, 2011

MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Get Rid Of Second Amendment

Alex Wagner is a political analyst on MSNBC, contributor to the Huffington Post, and is reputed to be getting her own daytime show on MSNBC. She appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher this past Friday evening. Along with Ms. Wagner were former NY Gov. David Patterson, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), comedian Bill Engvall, and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.

Maher posed the question what would you change in the Constitution. Wagner's answer?
"Well, I'm going to be pilloried for this. I think get rid of the second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I just think in the grand scheme of the rights that we have; the right of assembly, free speech, I mean, owning a gun does not, it does not tally on the same level as those other Constitutional rights. And being more discreet about who gets to have a firearm and right to kill with a firearm, I think is something that would be in our national interest to revisit that."
You can watch a video excerpt of it here on RealClearPolitics. I love the look on Darrell Issa's face when she says it. Then when Maher asks Bill Engvall what he thinks about it, Issa quips "she has a right to be wrong."

However, Engvall has lost me as a fan when he says he doesn't see any reason for a person like himself to own an AK-47. This was just after he said he should be able to protect his family and that he is a avid hunter and fisherman. Fudds like Engvall need to realize that the gun prohibitionists see his deer rifle with a scope as "high-powered sniper rifle" and they will be coming after that as well. Jeez!

Fortunately, Issa gets serious and says the reason for the Second Amendment is for self-protection from the criminal element and from a tyrannical government. He says the Second Amendment is why we don't have dictators like Col. Gaddafi and never will.


  1. She effectively renounced her citizenship and confessed to treason right there. Clearly she's jockeying for a plum position in a genocidal tyranny.

  2. @J.R. - Or in Eric Holder's Justice Department.

  3. She effectively renounced her citizenship and confessed to treason right there.

    I disagree (although not necessarily with the following sentence, especially given the current political Zeitgeist). She said:

    I think get rid of the second Amendment

    She didn't say "Get rid of the RKBA". She has a "right to be wrong" and a right to use legal means to try to get the 2nd repealed (good luck with that). Or at least from this excerpt it would appear she's advocating only that.

    Now, this is certainly "unamerican"; e.g. in the other item on the Cain interview he would have done better to point out that the Deceleration's statement about "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" (the latter a weasel phrase for property) is meaningless without a private right of action to defend those, including effective means. But we've got to allow people like her the right to advocate such, since the alternatives are much, much worse.

  4. Here's a short, 5 minute primer on so-called assault weapons that answers Engvall's questions and concerns.