June 26th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
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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.”

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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.

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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. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Translation: "Gun nuts! Vote for me!"

    He talks up the 2nd amendment, but his party is infamous for trampling the 1st. It's not a pick-and-choose Constitution. You have to accept the whole enchilada.

    Hence, I plan to vote for the WHOLE ENCHILADA... Barack Obama.

    June 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. independet OBAMA supporter

    MCcain you are very old so why don't you go home and rest. MCcain why did you leave your firstwife. Tell USA why you did that.
    OBAMA is race with a singal mother so you can not call him elitist .
    You should be the one to call that. Your were broght up with a gold spoon. You and your wife makes more than 100Millions.
    Ok who is to call elitist? OBAMA or YOU!!. Answer that questions.

    You should be you
    OBAMA08!!!12!

    June 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. NickNas

    Is it just me or can you tell MAJOR BS is about to be spewed by McCain by the fact that it is preceeded by the phrase " MY FRIEND (S)??

    Really listen for it and take heed. Tell a friend.

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Broken Record

    Obama's winning, of course McSame is going to criticize him.

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Eric

    Gun nuts like McCain scare me. At least Obama is smart enough to recognize that, while the second amendment does give individuals to keep and bear arms, it is only granted to us for the antiquated and out-dated reason of maintaining a militia. There was no standing army or national guard when the amendment was written. All they new of such things were citizen soldiers bringing their own weapons to form militias when needed. The founding fathers would be appaled at the military machines we've created. We are hopelessy stuck with an amendment even more out-dated than a coal procurement officer for steam-powered ships in the navy

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Alex

    You know why does McCain has to critisize these type of supreme court decisions everytime to Obama. All I see is these GOP attacks, and so little attacks from Obama camp. It is like this, lets say a barking dog keeps barking at an intelligent person and tries to calm it down...thats what happening McCain the barking dog.

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Rumpusgoopus

    It seems to me to be exceedingly inappropriate and unethical to sign on to, and then use an Amicus Brief as a political tool.

    June 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Angela V.

    Vote John McCain! Obama's inexperience and lack of judgement spell disaster for our country!

    June 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. JDM

    How many ways can Mcain spin anything into a "OB said this"comment?
    I use to really think he was a good guy in 2000! A Rep with some morals. Now I can't stand to hear this guy say anything!

    June 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Robert

    McCain 2 weeks ago: 'I never loved my country till I was deprived of her'. McCain yesterday: 'For my entire life, I have put my country first'. Who is this guy and why would you believe that anything out of his mouth is an original thought or the truth?

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. @everyamericans

    John McCain dont care if drug lords or violent criminal gangs own guns; it's their 2nd amendment right he says.

    “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-destruction.” – John McShame

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. independent

    he should stop attacking our president obama!mccain should show some respect ,for our future leader.obama supports right to bear arms,but,believes some localities should be allowed to set 'some reasonable' restrictions.so shut up mccain,you dont have a monopoly on the 2nd amendment.STOP YOUR FEAR TACTICS!THEY NO LONGER WORK WITH US!THIS IS WHY YOU ARE LOSING!

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Honest John, the serial panderer! Dude, after you sell your soul and lose the election, there'll be nothing left...

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Why is Mccain happy with the decsion in striking down Washington’s ban on handguns?. The answer is simple the thinking is if everybody knows how to use a gun it might be easier to send them to war when needed to make them fearless to killing people.

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. karl

    and once again obama will show hes all BARK with no BITE when he doesnt come out and say that widespread ownership of guns is WRONG.

    and I say this as a liberal living in san francisco...

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Sarah, 23, FL

    REPUBLICANS ARE SO GUN HAPPY AND WARMONGERS!

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Xavier

    Its funny to hear Rowe and McCain and others accusing Obama of being elitist. Nothing like a bunch of greedy, money hungry self centered and self rightious millionairs calling somebody else arrogant. It would be funny if it wasnt so sad.

    June 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Peter

    Um....John McLame....No one really cares about guns at this point when our economy is doomed and gas is reaching 5 bucks a gallon by november

    Obama/whoever '08

    June 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. saga for Obama

    Justice Scalia himself acknowledged that this right is not absolute and subject to reasonable regulations enacted by local communities to keep their streets safe- CNN

    Funny how the Repubs keep trying to Dukakis Obama with this ELITIES brand, when Mc Cain is a multi millionaire who flies around on his private jet...

    how many more high school kids have to be shot in schools before we have to re think gun laws? yes the second amendment is important but i don't think the founding fathers could have conceived of the ooze or a 9 mil.. when the amendment was written America looked a lot different, rural and people hunted for their food. today we hear stories in the news all of the time about kids and guns or some sicko who was just unhappy with his life so he shot someone or many..,.there are parents in Columbine and all over America that might feel different from Mr. Mc Millionaire Mc Cain

    June 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    The Supreme Court decision might just be a moot point. What purpose does it serve for Americans to have the right to bears arms when our government and politicans are wounding America without them? Failure to act for the better interest of Americans is more powerful that any weapon or munition that is manufactured.

    June 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Nia - AZ

    I suppose I should get my vest now...

    June 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    I for one am pro-guns. Criminals will get guns legally or illegally. The only people who will suffer are those who abide by the law and therefore cannot get them to protect themselves. But I disagree with McCain bashing Obama with a comment Obama made and apologized about months ago. Lackluster character on McCain's part.

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Ex Democrat

    For a man that taught Constitutional law he sure does not have a grasp of the issues involving gun rights. The framers intended that the citizens have guns at home, not to repel intruders, but to repel a represive government if one ever came about. That idea of people owning guns and not just the government agencies, such as police, FBI, etc etc, came forth because of their experience in Europe. The 2nd amendment is the most important provision in our Bill of Rights,
    This more true today, when the police and the government agencies have become so powerful that they stifle our freedoms.
    Obama and The Socialists/Marxist want to take the guns away from the people because that is the only way they can control them.

    All the gun laws need to be repealed. We may need our weapons in the future to repel not only a foreign invader but also our enemies that want to destroy freedom at home.

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Ohioan

    kiah
    True leaders honor their words from even, God forbid, "months ago." When it was politically useful Obama repeatedly promised to have every American out of Iraq within 16 months of his election (to the teary eyed elation of his followers). Watch now as that promise dissolves in nuance and is re-worked to mean nothing of the sort. After the conventions, his position will have morphed into something completely different, and he will claim that is what he meant all along.

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Raymond Duke

    Of course any true american would applaud upholding the constitution. To bad Obama doesn't think the constitution is worth much . A indepedent vote for McCain in NOvember.

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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