Jim Webb And The Second Amendmentby 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.