On Wednesday morning, MSNBC’s Morning Joehost Joe Scarborough continued his streak of attacking the National Rifle Association, the gun lobby, and the people who interpret the Second Amendment to mean unfettered access to firearms.
After co-host Mika Brzezinski congratulated Scarborough on successfully calling attention to the new NRA iPhone app “Practice Range” and forcing the makers to designate the game for ages 12 and up, the conservative host went off on the lobby he finds “extreme.”
“There was pushback from people that were saying that this app was not affiliated with the NRA,” Scarborough began, “and these were some of the same people that were trying to explain why they need assault weapons to protect their constitutional rights. Their arguments are absolutely unbalanced. They really are. You look at the argument that assault weapons are protected — we hear this all the time — by the Second Amendment. We hear that these high-capacity magazines are protected by the Second Amendment. They’re not. It’s right there in [District of Columbia v.] Heller, [Justice Antonin] Scalia wrote it.”
He continued on to accuse the NRA and the gun lobby of “programming” gun enthusiasts into thinking, “This is your constitution-protected right. James Madison gave you this right when he helped draft the Bill of Rights.” But, in Scarborough’s mind, those beliefs amount to “sheer ignorance of basic constitutional law. It’s ignorance of what Justice Scalia said.”