We haven’t heard too much from Jeb Bush lately as the media focus on the verbal brawls between Donald Trump, Ben Carson and anyone else Trump feels like blasting.
It may be that Jeb prefers to stay a bit under the radar, waiting (hoping?) for the dust to settle and for Trump’s star to dim. However, that doesn’t mean Jeb can remain invisible.
You might have heard the interesting take Bush The Younger has on the Second Amendment. After admitting he doesn’t own a gun during a presidential poll, he recently made some statements about our constitutional right to bear arms which we’re guessing might make some gun owners a tad uneasy.
Last week, Bush appeared on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” – isn’t it odd that presidential candidates appear on comedy shows? – and touched on a variety of issues, including gun control.
As reported by the Daily Caller, Bush told Stephen Colbert that gun control — including but not limited to ramped up mental health background checks — should be left up to the individual states.
Here’s the transcript:COLBERT: If mental health checks are opposed by the NRA, how do you fight back?
BUSH: I think that you do it at the state by state level. This is the greatness of our country that — tell you what. Vermont is a lot different. Vermont is actually the most pro-gun state probably in the country, believe it or not, but New York City is a lot different than rural Florida, and vice versa. Why would you want to impose national gun laws on top of every circumstance of this country.COLBERT: Well, the right to have an individual firearm to protect yourself is a national document, in the Constitution, so shouldn’t that also be applied national–
BUSH: No. Not necessarily…There’s a 10th amendment to our country, the Bill of Rights has a 10th amendment that says powers are given to the states to create policy, and the federal government is not the end all and be all. That’s an important value for this country, and it’s an important federalist system that works quite well.
But it was that last comment “no, not necessarily”, regarding whether the individual right to have a firearm should be applied nationally through the Constitution, which wasn’t well-received by defenders of the Second Amendment.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, the Bush campaign almost immediately began back-pedaling.
The Daily Caller included this update: Allie Brandenburger, Bush’s campaign spokesperson, reached out to The DC and gave the following statement: Governor Bush is a strong Second Amendment advocate and reiterated his view that the federal government should not be passing new gun control laws. He believes in states rights and as Governor of Florida he used the 10th Amendment to expand gun rights with a “Six Pack of Freedom” bill and received an A+ ratings from the NRA.
Ok then. That’s settled…or is it?
[Note: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]