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Former Marine on HLN: ‘Second Amendment is for hunting despots, not deer’

Marine Corps veteran Jesse Kelly (Screen Shot/Vimeo)
March 29, 2018

Jesse Kelly, an Iraq war veteran, appeared in an interview with HLN’s S.E. Cupp on Wednesday, and he was forthright when talking about the Second Amendment.

“The Second Amendment was not about hunting. The Second Amendment was about hunting tyrants,” Kelly, a Marine Corps combat veteran, told Cupp.

Cupp was discussing a recent viral video from Veterans for Gun Reform where a handful of veterans are seen talking about how they love the Constitution but want to do away with the Second Amendment, which is the right to bear arms.

The Second Amendment has seemingly come under siege following recent mass shootings and a grassroots movement led by students demanding more gun control. And now, some are calling for changes to the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791, which guarantee rights such as freedom of speech, assembly and worship – and, notably, the right to bear arms.

On Tuesday, the hashtag “Repeal The Second Amendment” was the No. 2 national trending topic on Twitter at one point.

Cupp on Wednesday asked Kelly about a piece he recently wrote for The Federalist, titled “Stop using your status as a veteran to trash the Second Amendment.”

In in, Kelly writes: “The Second Amendment is clear. It is part of the Constitution of the United States of America. It is not a partisan issue. It is not up for debate.”

“American citizens are allowed (and were encouraged by the Founders) to have weapons of war. Those weapons were not for hunting deer. They were for hunting despots,” he adds. “One would hope a veteran who spent time in a place like Iraq would have learned invaluable lessons about tyrants and how they abuse powerless people.”

Watch the interview here: