Keith Ellison tells Maher he wishes Democrats would come out against Second Amendment [VIDEO]

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Ellison: "If you want to have grandpa's shotgun, have it, but get rid of those crazy military-style assault weapons."
During an appearance on Bill Maher's HBO show over the weekend, Keith Ellison said he wishes Democrats would come out against the Second Amendment.

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"Why doesn't your party come out against the Second Amendment? It's a problem," Maher asks, to which Ellison replies, "I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would."

It should be noted, however, that earlier in the segment Ellison said, "I don't think you have to eliminate ownership of all guns in order to get some common-sense gun rules." So what he means in saying he wishes Dems would come out against the Second Amendment isn't totally clear.

Nonetheless, at least one conservative website is having a field day with Ellison's comments.

We contacted Ellison's office seeking comment and were told we'd receive a response shortly. We'll update this post when we do. (UPDATE -- spokesman Mike Casca got in touch and said Ellison's quote that gun ownership doesn't have to be eliminated "is a more accurate portrayal of his stance" than the subsequent comment pertaining to Democrats coming out against the Second Amendment.)

Here's the raw video (you can read a transcript of the segment here):



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Michael Ives
Michael Ives

If we didn't have a state, this wouldn't be an issue. All governments are horrible

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

I just love love love how these progressive hacks tell folks that obamacare is the law and of the land, get used to it. Then in the same breath scream about taking away the 2nd amendment. Guess what, its the law of the land, get used to it.

Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn

Bill Maher is a comedian...With a large staff of writer's mot real news maybe HBO should bring back Ali G

John Bunch
John Bunch

Republican districts have gun violence rates of Canada or Switzerland. Democrat districts have gun violence rates of Brazil or Venezuela. Just FYI.

John Bunch
John Bunch

... also, Maher often takes a libertarian mode on many issues. Which is cool. But it would be fun explaining to him how his views clash with that. I would also ask him why he thinks gun prohibition works, if he also thinks that drug and alcohol prohibition failed so miserably.

John Bunch
John Bunch

Whatever. I like Bill Maher. Really. He is much funnier that I am. But I would destroy him in a debate on this issue. His arguments are childish. He wouldn't be able to hang at all, he would try his stupid sound-bites, and I would shred him.

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

I'm sure it would be hilarious him making a laughing stock out of you.

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Actually Todd, Somalian (not "Somlian") is a very different culture, ethnically and religiously than most African-Americans. Saying Somalians and African-Americans are the same because they come from the same continent, is like saying Canadians are the same as Mexicans because they are both on the North American continent. Besides, most Somalians are recent immigrants because of their civil war. African-Americans are descendants of generations of African slaves. My "pie-hole" knows what it's talking about.

John Bunch
John Bunch

I would love to debate Maher. I would tear him a new asshole, figuratively speaking.

John Bunch
John Bunch

First off, Maher lives in LA and I am sure that there is someone who protects him with a gun, whether it is the LAPD or his "24/7 Armed Response!!" security that the rich liberals have in posh parts of LA. Secondly, the really high gun violence neighborhoods in Minneapolis and all over America vote 80% to 90% Democrat. They are not Republican. Maher is full of shit, once again.

Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn

Stephen please tell me how restrictions on law abiding citizens will make you or my family safer when criminals don't play by the same rules?

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

Like... Canada. Or Australia. Or Britain. All swimming in a dystopian nightmare in which armed criminals -- who don't obey gun laws -- prey on a helpless population of homebound, frightened citizens.

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

Completely unhelpful. RPGs and LAWs qualify under that definition.

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Sco Kel, it's called "cognitive dissonance", not "ridiculousness"

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Actually, more guns = less crime. Don't take my word for it. Ask the FBI.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Stephen, your comment is so ridiculous that I have to ask, how many cats do you have?

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Actually Todd, Somalian (not "Somlian") is a very different culture, ethnically and religiously than most African-Americans. Saying Somalians and African-Americans are the same because they come from the same continent, is like saying Canadians are the same as Mexicans because they are both on the North American continent. Besides, most Somalians are recent immigrants because of their civil war. African-Americans are descendants of generations of African slaves. My "pie-hole" knows what it's talking about.

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

I'm not talking about criminal gun restrictions. I'll settle for civil gun restrictions. But I'm really not understanding your issue, here. The Constitution doesn't say anything about whether civilly abridging rights is okay versus criminally abridging them. Are you disputing that libel law is a restriction on free speech? And owning a gun is in no way, shape, or form, a basic human right.

Tony LaLonde
Tony LaLonde

Even your boy Keith may understand that being a lawyer.

Tony LaLonde
Tony LaLonde

Libel and copyright is civil/statutory law. Which is far different from criminal or that of a recognition of a fundemental recognition of human rights. Civil proceedings are far different from that of constitutionality items. You're conflating.

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

It really doesn't work that way. "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech" is also an emphatic choice of words. And yet there are clear restrictions on speech that Congress has made laws for. I've pointed out two sets of these in another thread -- libel and copyright. These laws clearly infringe on the individual right to free speech, and yet they're both Constitutional and (arguably) necessary. I'm looking for the same sorts of restrictions on the Second Amendment.

Todd Schneider
Todd Schneider

Actually Stephen Somlian is not counted as a different race and the rise in criminal activity in the Somolian Community is well documented over the last 5 years. Like the majority of ethnic groups in the State its only a fraction that are bad but with the deep rooted fear of authority in the Somali Community and reprisal in said community makes it very difficult to prosecute the offenders due to lack of witnesses willing to step forward, so in essence get your facts straight before you start spewing out of your pie hole.

Todd Schneider
Todd Schneider

That should be an illegal ruling: 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. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. That is a pretty emphatic choice of words. It does not say, "well in case we REALLY want to regulate it we can."

Todd Schneider
Todd Schneider

So in the end you are so wrong it hurts baby turtles in Borneo

Todd Schneider
Todd Schneider

The reserve militia are part of the unorganized militia defined by the Militia Act of 1903 as consisting of every able-bodied man of at least 17 and under 45 years of age who is not a member of the National Guard or Naval Militia.

Todd Schneider
Todd Schneider

Under your interpretation of the Constitution, radio, TV, The Internet and all modern forms of communication are not protected by the 1st Amendment.

emmdeempls
emmdeempls

He should start by disarming his security. I'm sure he'd support that. 

LibertyWatchDog
LibertyWatchDog

"Twenty-Seven children were mowed down,"


Prove it.  I don't really think that happened.  It's called a False Flag.

Andy Mitchell
Andy Mitchell

I needed a good laugh this morning. Thanks for providing it.

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

Not nearly enough. Miller and Heller have some complimentary and contradictory elements. I'm coming at it from a restriction-oriented view, though -- trying to figure out how far we can restrict guns and still be Constitutional.

Mike Horn
Mike Horn

Katie, I hope you're never in a situation to need a gun

Tony LaLonde
Tony LaLonde

It's axiomatic that humans have the right to self defense.

Tony LaLonde
Tony LaLonde

Yeah, a human right to be able to protect yourself is outdated...

Tony LaLonde
Tony LaLonde

Do you not think that courts have made rulings on guns? (precedent)

Katie Berger Tremaine
Katie Berger Tremaine

Funny thing about that, the Constitution includes methods of changing itself, and it's legitimate debate to say, "this part of the Constitution no longer serves our people effectively and it's time to open a debate on altering it."

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I wish more democrats would come out against the 2nd amendment also so we know which ones must go first. Democrats will lose elections on that issue. Ellison, just another corrupt politician taking money from capitalists while pretending to be a commie for all his left wing nut job constituents.

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

Ellison has always thought he was above the law, why should the constitution be any different?

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Patrick, the people like "like" your comment are as ill-informed as you. Typical....blind leading the blind.

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

..and magically, the more guns available, the more gun deaths. Wow, it's like magical.

Joe Adamson
Joe Adamson

Dave Cite where in the US Constitution all your "facts". Even better how about an accurate quote of the second amendment.

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

The sad fact is the majority of murders in Minneapolis is black against black...and the NRA wouldn't have it any other way. Keep their white base in the suburbs and rural areas terrified of the black man, so they can keep people in fear, clutching their precious guns. Fear keeps the NRA in power.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

Of course, by far, most dominantly Repbulican districts are rural and sparsely populated.  That more than makes up for that statistic.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Actually, the NRA has been trying to make inroads to the black community by using black spokesmen and catch slogans like "what would Django do?" When has the NRA has ever encouraged whites to arm themselves in fear of blacks? And if whites do arm themselves in fear of black criminals, is that not the fault of the black criminals for committing so many crimes against whites, that whites feel they must arm themselves, in order to protect themselves from black criminals.

Stop holding blacks blameless for their collective criminal behavior which damages their reputation. White people are just responding as any reasonable person with a sense of self-preservation would.

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