Nadler: Government Has Monopoly On Violence, Not People

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Rep. Nadler speaks on the Uniting American Families Act in Washington

Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) recently told a reporter for CNS that he essentially believes the exact opposite of what the 2nd Amendment says.

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Nadler said at press conference on Capitol Hill earlier this month that he wants to ban future sales of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The lawmaker said he would also like to take it one step further than many of his colleagues by enabling the government to confiscate high capacity clips already legally possessed by American citizens.

Nadler told CNS: “Now, the fact of the matter is that Germany has 150 or so people killed a year with guns; Canada, 170; the United States 9,000 to 10,000 a year. We have a murder rate with guns that are 15 to 20 times higher than any other industrialized country. There’s only one explanation and that’s the availability, the easy availability of assault weapons and of high-capacity clips.”

But while Nadler does want to do his part to put an end to all of the senseless killing, he also wants the government to continue in its ability to kill, maim or imprison anyone it likes. Nadler calls it “legitimate violence.”

When asked by the reporter if the military should continue to have high capacity magazines, Nadler said: “One of the definitions of a nation state is that the state has a monopoly on legitimate violence. And the state ought to have a monopoly on legitimate violence.”

“If the premise of your question is that people are going to resist a tyrannical government by shooting machine guns at American troops, that’s insane,” he said.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.