How Conservatives Really See Gun Control

How Conservatives Really See Gun Control

When making a historical case for gun rights, conservative activist Grover Norquist doesn’t just rely on America’s Founding Fathers and the text of the Second Amendment. He talks about Nazi Germany and America’s civil rights era. “Countries have lost their liberty when their populations have been disarmed,” Norquist said Saturday at OZY Fest, on a panel about the #NeverAgain movement and gun control, where he sparred with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Kristin Lemkau, a gun control activist and Chief Marketing Officer for JP Morgan Chase. “A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun — just sounds like someone trying to sell two guns,” Lemkau said. In an exclusive backstage interview, Norquist went so far as to compare the removal of gun rights to “Jim Crow laws.” “People who want their own rights protected will always defeat those who want to bully people.” Speaking on the future of conservatism with Rep. Mark Sanford, Norquist, best known for convincing lawmakers to sign a pledge promising not to increase taxes as the president of Americans for Tax Reform, gave a defense of Trump’s constitutional right to institute tariffs — but criticized them as “particularly stupid taxes.” Trump “said he didn’t like wars of choice, in Iraq and Afghanistan, but trade wars are wars of choice,” Norquist said. Still, he likes some of the president’s choices: “Very good on deregulation,” Norquist said. “In some ways much better than the Bushes.” Will There Be Another Sanford Comeback? […]

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