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GOP Congressman: No Background Checks For Assault Rifles, Because, ‘Freedom’

by David Badash on January 6, 2013

in Guns,News,Politics

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Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) today refused to support closing the gun show loophole and refused to make background checks for all purchases of assault rifles mandatory because “the second amendment is about freedom.” Jordan, debating Congressman Chris Van Holland (D-MD) on Fox News, responding to the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy hook massacre, claimed “more restrictions on law-abiding Americans is not going to prevent these kind of tragedies,” and said, “you’ve got to remember that bad guys aren’t stupid, they’re just bad.”

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Fox News’ guest host John Roberts was all to happy to push the NRA agenda, positing that, “when you look at the language of all of those bills — and these all came out in the wake of the Newtown shooting — would anything in any one of those, have prevented that shooting?”

Van Holland talked about a “comprehensive approach,” and said that “the argument against gun safety provisions is always ‘because it doesn’t solve everything we shouldn’t do anything.’ I don’t subscribe to that. I believe we need a comprehensive approach we need to look at all the different elements here and just because a particular effort won’t prevent something in one particular incident doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything that might help in other instances.”

Jordan, who Friday voted against a bill to fund relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, repeatedly said, “the Second Amendment is about freedom,” to which Roberts agreed — with no pushback, or challenge, as in, what about the freedom of law-abiding citizens to not be killed by guns?

In 2011, Congressman Jordan was at the forefront of an attempt by Congress to overturn Washington, D.C.’s same-sex marriage law.

Hat tip: David Edwards at The Raw Story



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twiga_riq January 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

So then why am I not free to drive at 80 MPH on the belt loop around Indpls if 'freedom' must be protected at any cost?

whatsmyparty January 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

If we're being specific, the Second Amendment was having the ability to bear arms in the form of 'load, aim, fire' one bullet at a time.

Individuals having rapid-fire assault weapons has NOTHING to do with the Second Amendment (hey, it's the righties than are all about Textualism anyway).

But let's not let common sense get in the way of 'Murica's Freedom.

BJLincoln January 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm

When the 2nd Amendment was written a gun was a tool for feeding a family and protecting your farm from predatory animals. They made their own bullets and only fired one at a time. The children were given instruction on how to clean, store, and use it if they needed.
Our forefathers could not have imagined the kind of guns on the streets today. Other amendments have been altered to meet the needs the future brought and so should this one.
Jordan is from Ohio. Look at the current Speaker of the House and put together the pieces.
They do not like or understand women or LGBT folks! With a permit, you can take a gun into a bar!
I spent 50 years living in Ohio and am so glad I escaped 5 years ago to Maryland. Living in Maryland has only made Ohio look worse. Returning for my Mothers Birthday last year was the icing on the cake. We were smacked with hate and discrimination we had not dealt with in 5 years.
Any (R-OH) is going to be the same and reflects the over all feeling of the state.

cipher January 6, 2013 at 7:43 pm


StanleyJames January 7, 2013 at 2:58 am

He' probably defned the 2nd amendment while attending his own kids funerals if they were machined gunned to death.

These nutters belong in an institution for the criminally insane.

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