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March 27, 2013 - 10:46 am

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) claimed Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are “out of step with the constitution” for threatening to filibuster any gun control legislation in the upper chamber.

“The constitution does not prohibit reasonable gun safety. And it’s what most Americans want,” Ellison said on MSNBC.

“And they — you know, these folks in the NRA like Mr. LaPierre keep on telling folks things that are not true, such as we want to take their guns away,” the congressman continued. “Nobody is going to take your guns away unless you have some sort of weapon of war. If you have a regular gun and you’re, you know, don’t have a criminal background or are not mentally infirmed, you ought to be able to own one. Those guys, they’re the ones out of step, not the constitution. Not Harry Reid.”

Ellison said “the country really is progressive.”

“Americans are fair minded people who believe that people ought to live their lives as they choose to. As long as they don’t hurt anybody else,” he said. “…The fact is, you know, the American people are way ahead of Congress on a lot of things. I mean, there was a recent poll by Gallup which said that 72 percent of all Americans believe we should have public infrastructure spending. Meaning our roads and our bridges and our transit lines, even a majority of Republicans think so. And yet we’re in full-on austerity mode in Washington.”

“The public thinks we ought to raise the minimum wage. Well, you know, in Washington we’re arguing, you know, whether minimum wage actually causes unemployment. Which is ridiculous and untrue. But, I mean, the people are way ahead of Washington. And the people really do deserve to have their will be reflected in their government.”

Ellison said conservative “believe that the rich don’t have enough money and the poor have too much.”

“They believe that we’re not our brother’s keeper. They believe that the environment is a thing you can use and use and use and never have to worry about,” he said. “They think that, you know, not everybody’s equal and not everybody has a fair shake at American life. They just see it differently.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Considering these guys have misidentified the semi-automatic .22 rifle as an "assault weapon" and a "weapon of war"..... I'll continue to be worried about your idea of "common sense".
1 year ago
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Mr. Ellison's Marxist Islam, and god of the Kaabba is out of touch with the Constitution. Islam, and BLT Marxism go hand in hand.
1 year ago
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Ellison is a dolt. The intent of the Constitution is exactly that the common citizen should possess weapons of war. The founders knew that the Kentucky long rifle in the hand of the American worker was superior to the Brown Bess recently carried in the hands of the defeated governmental tyrants, and that such superiority would prevent a future dictatorship. What they did not know was that a future generation of Americans would elect tyrants like Ellison.
1 year ago
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I'd believe Mr. Ellison if he could give me a definition of what is a "Regular gun" and what is an "assault weapon"?
1 year ago
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I....I....I'm not even sure where to start with all the BS that the "Honorable Representative" spread around in this short synopsis.
1 year ago
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Better questions Ellison should be asking:

- want $6/gallon milk?
- want $5/gallon gas?
- want to pay $50 per bullet for your self defense?
- $100 co-pay's on your insurance?
- marry your transgender brother?
- make being a caucasian a crime?...vote for me! (and all the crazy crap I spew out of my pie hole)

I'd rather discuss existentialism with Honey Boo Boo than listen to this knucklehead.
1 year ago
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"Nobody is going to take your guns away unless you have some sort of weapon of war." Seriously? Missouri H.B. 545 wants to confiscate your "assault weapon," retroactively. Minnesota H.F. 241 wants to ban future purchases of "Assault Weapons," and if you currently own one you must register it with the state, and grant the state permission to enter your home to inspect storage. Ohio SB 18 wants to retroactively ban "Assault Weapons." Sen Dianne Feinstein back in 1995 told 60 Minutes the ONLY reason her 1994 Ban didn't CONFISCATE weapons was because she "didn't have 51 votes" [in the Senate].

Yeah, no one wants to take away our weapons. Pssst, buddy - wanna buy some really nice property in Florida?
1 year ago
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When I am looking for a rational discussion about economic issues and/or constitutional issues, the last names I look for are Keith Ellison and MSNBC. Seeking their opinions is like asking Honey Boo Boo about astrophysics!
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