GOPer Ernst Promises To Use Her Gun If Gov’t Decides Rights Aren’t ‘Important’

State Sen. Joni Ernst speaks to supporters at a primary election night rally after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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During an National Rifle Association event in Iowa in 2012, state Sen. Joni Ernst, now the Republican nominee for Senate in the state, said she carries a 9-millimeter gun around everywhere and believes in the right to use it even if it’s against the government if they disregard her rights.

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said during a speech at the NRA’s Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa, as flagged by The Huffington Post on Thursday. “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.”

As TPM previously noted, Ernst previously suggested in a survey that she supported legislation that would let local law enforcement arrest federal officials involved in implementing Obamacare.

TPM has reached out to the Ernst campaign and will update when we hear back.

Watch the video of Ernst’s comments, via The Huffington Post, here.

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  1. I don’t understand how Chuck Todd can’t say this disqualifies Ernst – she obviously doesn’t believe in the rule of law, of using the courts to adjudicate differences.

    How can someone who doesn’t believe in the rule of law be a Senator in the country that encoded the idea that no one is above the law into its very DNA?

  2. Avatar for mames5 mames5 says:

    Her thinking is spot on–for 1789. This woman is Sharron Angle 2.0. She should stick to de-nutting pigs.

  3. “GOPer Ernst Promises To Use Her Gun If Gov’t Decides Rights Aren’t ‘Important’”

    GOPer Ernst Promises to Shoot People If Gov’t Decides She Doesn’t Get to Do Whatever the Fuck She Wants


  4. Avatar for sjk sjk says:

    Frigid stepford bitch.

  5. Avatar for imkmu3 imkmu3 says:

    Does that make her guilty of making terroristic threats against the government?

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