Reid Ad Attacks Angle's 2nd Amendment Stand

Friday, 13 Aug 2010 12:14 PM

By Dan Weil

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, looking for an advantage in his tight contest with Republican opponent Sharron Angle, has just released a harsh TV ad related to comments she made about the Second Amendment.

The 30-second spot features a short monologue from Bill Ames, president of the Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada. He says he’s a Republican and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Ames starts by saying, “I’ve been in Nevada law enforcement 17 years. Carrying a gun isn’t just a part of my job — it’s a constitutional right that I believe in, but Sharron Angle goes way over the line.”

Then the ad plays a sound bite from Angle on “The Lars Larson Show” in January. She said: “If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.”

The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms.

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The ad then returns to Ames. “It’s crazy,” he says. “What’s she’s actually talking about is armed resistance. Look, I’m a member of the NRA and a Republican, but that kind of talk is dangerous and way too extreme,” he says.

In response to the ad, Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen told Politico, "Before this election is over, Harry Reid will be running ads blaming Sharron Angle for rainy days.

“Reid is desperate to talk about anything except the economy, because his policies as majority leader have caused over 14 percent unemployment in Nevada, and voters hate him for it.”

Here’s how Angle herself explained her remarks to the National Review in July: “We were talking in a very broad context about the Second Amendment and about Thomas Jefferson and what was really meant by our Founding Fathers when they put the Second Amendment in.

"Then we segued from that conversation about the Second Amendment into our economy and those kinds of things, and really it was just a broad statement about the Second Amendment.”

Here is a fuller version of Angle’s remarks in January.

“You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason, and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.

“I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”

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