(I thought Barack Obama was going to take everyone's guns away by now. What IS taking so long?!)
Along with the usual right wing nut rhetoric, Clarke couldn't help but come up with some real humdingers like this one:
"Gun-free zones are killing fields, gun-free zones have gotten people killed," Clarke said, pointing out that a majority of mass shootings take place in areas where guns are restricted.Another mind-boggling claim by Clarke was when he proclaimed the NRA the greatest civil rights movement in history. This was just an echo of what he said to the convention goers on Friday when he told people they should be bitter gun-clingers:
"The only person [who] is safe in a gun-free zone is the criminal."
He warned that being selective about constitutional rights to fit a "leftist agenda" leads to "government tyranny," which garnered applause from the audience. Framers of the Constitution understood the threat posed by strong central government, he said, and that's why they included the safeguard of the Second Amendment.On a final note, what really cracked me up its hypocrisy is when Clarke said that Hillary should give up her armed Secret Service guards. This is a guy who carries a gun 24/7 as part of his job and political posturing and also needs an around-the-clock deputies guarding him. I guess his gun isn't much protection after all.
"They knew that only an armed citizenry could keep the government in check," he said.
In addition, Clarke said Nazi Germany's use of firearm registration laws to confiscate weapons from Jews "rendered them defenseless from attacks."
He also argued that slaves, who were not allowed to possess weapons, were not truly free until the ratification of the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to former slaves, "allowed newly freed slaves to arm and...defend themselves against ongoing mob violence, kidnappings and lynchings."
"My ancestors fought hard and shed blood for the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, and I am not going to cede that right back to the federal government, or any level government for that matter, and neither should you," Clarke said.