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Joni Ernst's Got A Gun

Joni Ernst, the Republican running for the Senate in Iowa says she always carries a gun to protect herself against the government.
Joni Ernst's Got A Gun

The wild and wacky Joni Ernst Campaign show just keeps getting better and better.

Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, said during an NRA event in 2012 that she would use a gun to defend herself from the government.

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family -- whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

Why do conservatives believe their rights are no longer important? What is she talking about? Is she trying to woo the all important Cliven Bundy voters?

Paul Waldman wants to know what she means too.

The problem with this new quote is that it borders on anti-democratic. I don’t care how many times you praise the Founding Fathers or talk about your love of the Constitution, if you think that the way to resolve policy differences or personal arguments with the government is not just by trying to get different people elected or waging a campaign to change the laws or filing suits in court, but through the use of violence against the government, you have announced that you have no commitment to democracy. In the American system, we don’t say that if the government enacts policies we don’t like, we’ll start killing people. It’s not clear that Ernst meant this, but it’s fair to ask her to explain what she did mean.

If Iowans vote her in office then they deserve all the crazy they get, but why would they consider a nut like this?


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