What Are Sharron Angle’s ’2nd Amendment Remedies’ to Harry Reid and a ‘Tyrannical’ Government?

By Alex Pepper

Jun 16, 2010 11:55am

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for Senate trying to unseat Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is an avowed supporter of gun rights, but she sees the 2nd Amendment as going much further than ensuring a right to bear arms. Angle has said the Bill of Rights also authorizes “remedies” for Americans to defend themselves “when our government becomes tyrannical.” A victory by Democrat Harry Reid, she suggested, could justify those “2nd Amendment remedies.” Huffington Post has posted an edited clip of Angle speaking to conservative Nevada talk show host Bill Manders – it is not clear from Huffington Post or from Manders’ website when the interview occurred, where Angle says she hopes that the vote in November will be the cure for Reid and 2nd amendment remedies won’t be necessary. Angle: I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who's in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical… Manders: If we needed it at any time in history, it might be right now. Angle: Well it's to defend ourselves. And you know, I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems. The sentiments are not a one-off. As Jonathan Karl reported earlier this month, she told the Reno Gazette-Journal that people are quietly stocking up on ammunition in case they need to resort to insurrection or, as she put it, a “fight for liberty.” "What is a little bit disconcerting and concerning is the inability for sporting goods stores to keep ammunition in stock," she told the newspaper. "That tells me the nation is arming. What are they arming for if it isn't that they are so distrustful of their government? They're afraid they'll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways?” she said. Angle is a favorite of the Tea Parties, which are steeped in Revolutionary imagery. She is not alone in floating the idea of armed insurrection. The best example is the now-infamous TV ad for Rick Barber, an Alabaman running for Congress. In the ad, which is a YouTube sensation, Barber is seated in a bar talking to men dressed in 18th century costume as George Washington and Sam Adams. There are antique-looking guns on the table. Barber talks about the IRS and the “tyrannical government” and at the end of the ad, George Washington says through  clenched teeth, “Gather your armies!” Barber faces a July 13th runoff for the Republican nomination.

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