As Iowans headed to the polls Tuesday, the Huffington Post made a last-second bid to sway them by suggesting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst’s pro-Second Amendment convictions could be “designed to appeal” to “extremists.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, this suggestion came at that same time that Ernst and the rest of America awoke to see that her lead over pro-gun control candidate Bruce Braley (D) growing.
According to HuffPo, Enrst said, “I 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.”
But instead of hearing words reminiscent of James Madison–who used Federalist 46 to argue that Americans had an advantage over citizens of other nations in that they were armed and therefore able to ward off threats to life and liberty both from within our borders and without–HuffPo was bothered that Ernst has yet to sit down with the mainstream media and get into the minutiae of her statement.
HuffPo put it this way: “These remarks surfaced more than a week ago, yet she has made no attempt to clarify them.” And this failure to clarify a pro-Second Amendment statement can only mean one thing–Ernst “was evoking the specter of something very specific, something designed to appeal to Second Amendment extremists.”
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