Following the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Jon Stewart observed Wednesday that Second Amendment absolutists believe the Constitution is sacred and unassailable — except when it isn’t.
Take Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), for example. Earlier this year, when the Senate was taking up gun control legislation, Cornyn argued that the Second Amendment’s place in the Bill of Rights is proof that it carried the utmost importance to the Founding Fathers. But back in 2006, Cornyn said that civil liberties advocates who had misgivings about anti-terrorism measures should be “conscious of what’s at stake.”
“Oh, so with guns, the Constitution is ironclad but with terrorism it’s a list of suggestions,” Stewart said.
And then there was one of Stewart’s favorite targets, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who’s been both a fervent defender of the Second Amendment and a cheerleader for the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance programs.
“When it comes to terrorism, a terrible crime that doesn’t kill a whole lot of Americans every year, we’re willing to bargain away the entire Bill of Rights,” Stewart said. “Why is that?”