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March 27, 2007

Jim Webb And The Second Amendment

by Doug Mataconis

Yesterday I wrote at Below The Beltway about the arrest of an aide to Virginia Senator Jim Webb who was arrested trying to bring a loaded gun, apparently the Senator’s gun, into the Russell Senate Office Building.

Today, Senator Webb spoke about the incident and made some comments about the Second Amendment you just don’t see from Democrats very often:

“I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” Webb added. “I have had a permit to carry a weapon in Virginia for a long time. . . . It’s important for me personally and a lot of people in the situation that I’m in to be able to defend myself and my family.”

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, “there’s been agreement that it’s a more dangerous time,” he said. “I’m not going to comment with great specificity on how I defend myself, but I do feel I have that right.” Compared to the president and others in the executive branch, lawmakers have little protection available to them, Webb said. “We are required to defend ourselves, and I choose to do so.”

Senator, I hope you feel the same about your fellow citizens’ right to defend themselves.

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4 Comments

  1. “A” Rating from the NRA. Jim Webb is probably the Strongest Supporter of the Second Amendment the Dems can come up with in the Senate. He’s had a permit to carry for years, and has publicly stated repeatedly how strong he supports the Second Amendment.

    And unlike many on both sides, Jim Webb has used that weapon in real-life combat situations.

    Comment by Dannyboy — March 27, 2007 @ 11:48 pm
  2. Yes, Senator, legislators have less protection accorded them than the President, and have the right to defend themselves.

    Laymen have even less protection accorded them than legislators, and have the right to defend themselves, too.

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, Senator.

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    Oh, and I’m pleased to hear you’re a “strong supporter” of the 2nd Amendment… you know… since it’s in the Constitution and all.

    Comment by trav.is — March 27, 2007 @ 11:50 pm
  3. “Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”

    Hubert Humphrey, Know Your Lawmakers, Guns magazine, Feb. 1960

    Comment by Ken Grubb — March 28, 2007 @ 1:14 am
  4. In an unfortunate invasion of privacy by the Roanoke Tribune, they posted ONLINE all permit holders. I couldn’t help myself, I looked up Jim Webb. Guess what, he isn’t (at least not listed) a concealed permit holder.

    Comment by Bruce F — March 28, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

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