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.