"No one, anywhere, is talking about doing away with the Second Amendment, and no one, anywhere is advocating stripping away gun ownership," MSNBC's Alex Wagner insisted on the January 11 edition of her eponymous noontime program.
Nice try, Ms. Wagner, but exactly two years ago to the day, your colleague Richard Lui suggested it was time to "revisit the Second Amendment" following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). In November of 2011, Wagner admitted to liberal comedian Bill Maher that she was "going to be pilloried for this" but that she would amend the U.S. Constitution to ditch the 2nd Amendment:
I think get rid of the second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I just think in the grand scheme of the rights that we have; the right of assembly, free speech, I mean, owning a gun does not, it does not tally on the same level as those other Constitutional rights.
On her Nov. 15, 2011 program, Wagner suggested she would like at the very least a ban on handguns:
Gun violence increases and yet people still believe handgun bans are bad. What's the logic there?
A handgun ban, of course, would by definition take guns away from civilian owners.
On the same edition, Wagner hailed British colleague Martin Bashir and the British in general for being "intelligent" on gun control:
WAGNER: Martin, you're from the more intelligent side of the Earth --
[laughter from MARTIN BASHIR]
WAGNER: Where they have different gun control laws and I wonder what you make of America's cultural sort of fixation on --
BASHIR: You shouldn't be asking me, because the attacks that are going to come on Twitter and Facebook are going to be overwhelming.
WAGNER: Oh, come on, that's the whole point of this show!
The British, of course, have no written Constitution and no iron-clad protection of the right to keep and bear arms. The gun control regime in the UK is so restrictive that it is virtually impossible for private citizens to own firearms for home defense, and even when civilians use shotguns to defend their homes, they may find themselves facing prosecution for assault, as did farmer Tony Martin some years back.