For decades, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) spoke the liberal mind with clarity and conviction. He was never the most effective Congressman. The vast majority of his bills died in committee, but for most liberals, that was okay. He was our stalwart. He was a proud non-member of the military-industrial complex. He spoke his mind, regardless of whether the sitting President was a Democrat or Republican. It was no wonder that when it was announced that he was joining Fox News, the story was met with some trepidation. My prediction at the time was that he would still basically be the same Kucinich, but with a focus on his anti-Obama rhetoric. It appears that I might have been generous. In a flip of a switch, the Congressman who wore an “F” rating from the NRA as a badge of honor, is suddenly on Sean Hannity’s side on the Second Amendment.
If you closed your eyes while listening to Friday’s Sean Hannity Show, you might think that the paranoid rhetoric was coming from an Alex Jones follower rather than the man who once said (emphasis added),
I was mayor of Cleveland and I grew up in the city and you could sometimes hear gunshots as part of the music of the night. We know that there’s a Virginia Tech happening in this country every day. At least 32 people are killed every day with handguns. We know that over a period of 100 days, as many people are killed by handguns as died in 9/11 in this country. We know that there is a crisis of public safety and security. We have babies dying in the streets because of these handguns. Now, we’ve got to give a direct answer. It is time that we ban handguns. We have to do that in order to protect our cities. It is time that we took a position that says that the 14th Amendment, you know, that right to life, liberty, is just as important as the 2nd Amendment. It’s time that we took a stand on behalf of the health and safety of the American people and, as president, I’m ready to do that.
In the segment, Kucinich cited the Supreme Court decision, D.C. vs. Heller, in which in 2008, the court ruled that the right to bear arms extended to individuals for defense. However, Kucinich went even further with the NRA talking point that the Second Amendment is about overthrowing a tyrannical government.
Here’s the video:
The U.S. Constitution was written with the intent of being able to overthrow our government while at the same time avoiding bloodshed. It wasn’t written as a remedy for sore losers. D.C. vs. Heller didn’t say that and neither did its 2010 followup case, McDonald vs. Chicago. While the Constitution does allow for the possibility of an armed revolt, that right is given to the “well-regulated militia.” It is not a Second Amendment right of a bunch of pissed off Tea Partiers to storm the White House because they don’t like Obamacare.
Dennis Kucinich did disagree somewhat with Hannity and the other guest on Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons bill. The conservatives on the show spouted the typical hyperbole about the amendment while Kucinich admitted that the bill might pass constitutional muster because it exempts more than 2,200 types of firearms.
|Wendy Gittleson is a seasoned writer, a dog lover and an avid political junkie. She is the Senior Editor for Addicting Info. In her rare down times, you’ll find her somewhere in the mountains or near the beach. Follow her on her Facebook page or on Twitter, @wendygittleson|