Right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson suggested on his radio program yesterday that there should be no limits on the Second Amendment because citizens ought to be armed well enough to fight off any military force that could come against them.
Jackson, who made defending the Second Amendment a key part of his failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018, took issue with Rep. Eric Swalwell’s proposal to ban the sale of assault weapons and buy back those already in circulation.
“I cannot tell you how much I abhor that idea,” Jackson said. “Bad guys have Uzis and AK-47s and all kinds of stuff. Why shouldn’t law-abiding citizens be able to have any kind of weapon they want?”
Jackson then went off on a tangent about his “theoretical” understanding of the Second Amendment, insisting that “if you followed it strictly, it wouldn’t even allow for” any sort of restriction against owning fully-automatic or any other military-grade weapons.
“The notion of a militia means that people would be armed to defend themselves against an organized army or against some sort of tyrannical effort to rob them of their freedom,” he said. “Therefore, they would be capable of being armed as well as anything that came against them.”