What happens when you mix Santa, guns, and Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson? You get an armed Santa defending Christmas while Fox News redefines the Second Amendment as you can do anything that you want.
Here is the video from Media Matters:
The General Manager of the Scottsdale Gun Club, Ron Kennedy said, “What we are trying to do is add a little holiday spirit to people’s Second Amendment rights to be able to carry and purchase firearms.” Gretchen Carlson replied, I mean. It’s anybody’s right to do whatever they want especially when it comes to the Second Amendment.”
Despite what Fox News may believe, and tell its viewers, the Second Amendment does not give people the right to do whatever they want. There is no whatever they want provision in the amendment. The Second Amendment states that, “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.” In the broadest of interpretations, this language can be taken to mean that people have a right to own a weapon. Nowhere in the text of the amendment does it say that anyone has a right to do whatever they please with their weapon.
You do not have a right to shoot at your neighbor’s house. You do not have a right to gun down an African American teenager who went to the store to buy some Skittles. There is no right to do whatever you want. In the real world application of the Second Amendment, every American does not have the right to own a weapon. The government has the ability to set the conditions of purchase and ownership. This is why children, convicted criminals, and some mentally ill individuals are not allowed to own weapons. Contrary to Gretchen Carlson’s NRA spin, the Second Amendment like every other right is not limitless.
The story that Fox and Friends was “reporting” on today is actually three years old, but since viewers must be made to feel like their rights are under assault at all times, Fox News played this one for all the threatening drama that they could gin up.
Look out liberals!!! Fox News isn’t going to listen to anymore to talk about what the constitution actually says. Santa will defend his holiday with a dose of warm lead for anybody who tries to take the gun out of Christmas.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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