June 26th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain applauds Supreme Court ruling, criticizes Obama

McCain and Obama have reacted to the Supreme Court ruling.
McCain and Obama have reacted to the Supreme Court ruling.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain said Thursday he was “very pleased” with the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Washington’s ban on handguns.

“Today's decision is a landmark victory for Second Amendment freedom in the United States. For this first time in the history of our Republic, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was and is an individual right as intended by our Founding Fathers,” he said in a statement.

“I applaud this decision as well as the overturning of the District of Columbia's ban on handguns and limitations on the ability to use firearms for self-defense.”

In focus: America's relationship with guns

In his statement, McCain criticized Barack Obama for not joining him signing a “friend of the court” amicus brief against the law.

“Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today's ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right - sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly,” the statement said.

Polls: Americans' opinions of gun laws

McCain was referring to remarks Obama made in April when he said that some small-town Pennsylvanians as "bitter" people who "cling to guns and religion." Obama said he worded the comments poorly and said he was referring to how some voters focus on social issues instead of economic ones because they don't believe any politician will help them financially.

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, Obama said, “I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms, but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through common-sense, effective safety measures.”

“The Supreme Court has now endorsed that view, and while it ruled that the DC gun ban went too far, Justice Scalia himself acknowledged that this right is not absolute and subject to reasonable regulations enacted by local communities to keep their streets safe. Today’s ruling, the first clear statement on this issue in 127 years, will provide much-needed guidance to local jurisdictions across the country,” he said in a statement.

Obama on Wednesday declined to give his opinion on the ban, telling reporters, “Why don't I wait until the decision comes out and then I'll comment on it, as opposed to trying to prognosticate what the Supreme Court is going to decide tomorrow.”


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  1. CB from PA

    Pandering ninny. Handguns and Republican policies kill!

    GOBAMA!

    Obama/Clinton or Obama/Biden

    June 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Thomas

    At least now, it won't be just the criminals who will have handguns in DC.

    June 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Linda Esen

    Mcrack has never been to the inner cities ravaged by violance to see how a ruling like this you affect the populus. Who is out of touch ???

    June 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Tjaye in LA

    McCain is sounding more and more desperate in this race everyday.

    June 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Kris

    Different issues that both MCcain and Obama support. For you Hillary Clinton supporters out there. Please keep in mind what your core values are if you are democrate. This goes beyond the man. This goes for the VALUES that you have and that he has. NOT ABOUT RACE, GENDER, OR WHATEVER YOU THROW IN THERE.

    June 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    Wait until a pole comes out that voters are against the this rulling and then watch Obama change his mind. After that, all the Republicans will complain about Obama flipflopping followed by the Obama supporters calling them racist.

    June 26, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Kiah

    Nice! John McCain clings to comments from both Obama and Michelle that were stated months ago.

    Is that you have for us Mr. McCain?

    June 26, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Get with it

    A thoughtful and insightful stance on Obama's part. McCain needs to get with the program, the "elitist" comment by McC yesterdays news which I find amusing as much as someone in his campaign trying to convincingly make the case that McC "is aware of the internet"....embarrasing.

    June 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Jim, Burlington NC

    This is what you fools get for voting the Frat boys in power.

    Next year there will be 33 hand gun deaths in DC instead of the 135 they had this year.

    Our capital is now the most dangerous city in America...

    June 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. McCain you are a loser!

    Bringing up the bitter comment again? Guess what McCain? America is over negative campaining! Ask Senator Clinton. HRC is a great politician who had great ideas for the country but she lost in the end because she went too negative. Handing out "I am not bitter" stickers did not help her and it will not help you. If she lost and she had great policy ideas imagine how you're going to lose after people realize that you are only attacking Obama to avoid being confronted about your antiquated Republican views on the economy, the war and education!

    June 26, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. LaShanda

    Once again, McBush has it wrong. Sen. Obama supports the right to own guns, but not the rights of convicted felons to own guns.

    June 26, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Nova from NV

    Obama is going to stay away from this ruling like the plague. The gun issue already exploded in his face once. The "bitter" comment he made just show who he really is. Obama is probably a good man and all, but he is also an elitist and self-centered lawyer from Harvard that looks down on people.

    June 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Court spoke of the "ancient right to keep and bear arms", especially for self-defense in the home, and the trend in modern jurisprudence toward an "individual" rather than "militia" view of the Second Amendment. The dissenters are not persuasive in their attempt to single out DC for its uniquely prohibitive treatment of that ancient right. What Senior Lecturer Obama says on any particular day is hardly important now that the Court has spoken, albeit by a slim 5-4 majority. He has never really practiced law, only politics.

    June 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Obamarama

    Of course he would. He could be a supplier for all we know. Can we talk about something relating to the economy or how McCain's in bed with Graham and the skyrocketing price of oil which is having a trickle down affect on sustance and everyday household and physical needs or his misspeaks? All this talk about Obama and his surrogates is getting old. Let's talk about something substantive Please.

    June 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Gorbashov

    Obama's statement makes sense. McBush's statement is nothing but political posturing. Is anyone captaining the USS McSame?

    That campaign is a rudderless ship that will be swamped by the Obama tidal wave come November.

    Obama/Nunn in 2008 and beyond!

    June 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Crush Rush

    Im bitter John,bitter with you for selling out to Bush and Cheney and I will not vote for you ever, even if you start the war early to get elected.

    June 26, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Court spoke of the "ancient right to keep and bear arms", especially for self-defense in the home, and the trend in modern jurisprudence toward an "individual" rather than "militia" view of the Second Amendment. The dissenters are not persuasive in their attempt to single out DC for its uniquely prohibitive treatment of that ancient right. What Senior Lecturer Obama says on any particular day is hardly important now that the Court has spoken, albeit by a slim 5-4 majority. He has never really practiced law, only politics.

    June 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. independent chris

    Handguns have one purpose: to kill human beings. The right to own one is sacred? I thought my right to life was sacred.

    June 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Nova from NV

    to Angus McDugan, I think you meant to say "Pol'" instead of "Pole" because if somebody's pole come out, I would would be running for the door.

    June 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Jim

    oh whoops, I'm such a hypocrite :-D

    June 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. McCain you are a loser!

    Bringing up the "bitter" comment again McCain? You look desperate and pathetic. Haven't you learned anything from Senator Clinton? She is a great politician with great ideas but she lost because she went too negative. Handing out "I am not bitter" stickers did not help her and it will not help you. HRC lost and she actually had good policy ideas for the country. Imagine how you are going to lose when the American people realize you are attacking Obama to avoid being confronted about your antiquated Republican views on the economy, healthcare and education?

    June 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. real American

    I'm bitter that the spoiled brat millionaire know it all McCain gets any attention at all while i work my but off every day to make ends meet and his plan RASIES MY TAXES and give money back to the super rich, most of whom inherited their money from Daddy! GIVE ME A BREAK you millioniare PIG!

    June 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Terri

    Mr. Mc.Cain the fundamental RIGHT to carry a gun is not always the fundamental REASON to carry a gun. These are two distinct differences in gun ownership. As time evolves in this nation we are seeing that the right and the reason becoming polluted in political rhetoric. The law should be able to dictate this parallel without polititcians like you who thrive on war imposing your combat/war philosophy.

    June 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Willow, from Iowa

    McCain uses any situation to pick at Obama. The gun laws are not one of their problem areas. But McCain continues to use everything he's got against Obama. And its not working. McCain is starting to become slightly humorous, in that we all know that no matter what is said where, he's going to say its all Obama's fault.

    June 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Dwayne - L, OH

    That's pretty weak McSame. Is that all you have? I see trouble on the horizon for the Republicans this time around. We can see right through you McSame. Nothing you have come with has any merit. It's weak...just like the Republican party. :-)

    June 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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