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. Shaik

    A 5-4 or 4-5 decision is not resounding....and they go by liberal/conservative line.
    McSame will do/say anything to get the conservative base. First he needs to get a law degree before commenting on a court opinion he has not read. By the way, Obama was a professor of constitutional law!

    June 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Dear John:

    I don't want you to be our next president. Not because of who you are, but because of what you stand for–the Bush policies. They haven't worked for us John and I don't want four more years of the same thing. We've suffered enough, and it's time for something new. We want to change and look to our future with confidence.

    Our choice is Barack Obama. Thanks for your service and good luck when you return to the Senate.

    June 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. McSameMcCain on myspace

    McCain is a joke. He is not a hero and never has been. He managed to get himself shot down in Viet Nam and he managed to lose against W in 2000. He is an angry and rude OLD man who is likely to give himself a stroke due to anger unless he first bashes his own head in when trying to get into/out of his car.

    June 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. saga for Obama

    Hispanic For McCain...
    stop playing the race card?????
    what is your post name? H I S P A N I C for mccain...

    June 26, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. JD

    They should do a survey on how many times a person has actually defended themselves via. a handgun. And then how many peopel have been killed from handguns. I am sure you would find these #'s to be completely opposite.

    June 26, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Uh, hey, McCain, Obama agrees with the decision. Try not being a moron. Also nice job supporting torture my friend and opposing habaeus corpus

    June 26, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Jeff

    I keep harping that if the republicans are so pro handgun then they should have their offices moved to a separate building that has no metal detectors at the door and where handguns are permitted. If the republicans love their handguns so much then they should face the same dangers the rest of us do. People are murdered in their offices and Universities by handguns quite often. The Republicans are all for putting guns in the hands of every yak hood that wants one, but they lead much protected lives. Let them do without their security like the rest of us and see if they still sing the same tune. Oh yeah, and if McCain thinks the nation is so safe why doesn’t he get rid of his secret service security?

    June 26, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    Senator McCain and the Republicans need to stop it with the elitist hogwash. Senator Obama does not have and is not married to the beer heiress that has over 100 million in the bank. He made his money through hard work and luckily writing two best seller books – anybody that reads knows that. The Republicans and Senator McCain are obviously desperate – desperation doesn't make them look good.

    June 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Mary

    Where is all that straight talk John McCain?

    In 2000, you stood a chance in getting my vote. Now you have derailed and slithered down a winding road. John has STOPPED its straight talk and embarked on a double talk express.

    June 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Beth - Florida

    Hey Folks,

    We're going to need guns in America to protect us from rioting Obama supporters after they loose the election in November.

    June 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. YOLA

    What's up with McCain? Does he need Obama to hold his hands? He is coming across like a PUNK! not good sir!

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Helene

    Hello there McSame. I think I heard this comment on "bitterness and guns" a month and a half ago. This is recycling old man. Try to be more creative next time.

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    When you're an elected official and a candidate for the Presidency of the U.S.-you don't wait until you have a big meeting with your key support groups to define your position on something as critical as gun control. Because it is important to so many people of all political stripes.

    Gun ownership should not be limited. We should not have bazooka's, RPG's, or heavy artillary, explosives, hand-grenades. But any small arm::rifle, shotgun, tactical automatic weapon, or pistol–should be available without restrictions.

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    That's right, McSham. If you have nothing to offer and no real positions that don't change but everyday that doesn't end in "y" just criticize, attack, distort and lie with the best of 'em.

    June 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. SickandTired

    McCain needs to address and visit the folks in the inner city. He has no clue to what its like. He is so out of touch with everday people, its pathetic.

    McCain, please find something to talk about. We are tired of you trying to bash Obama every chance you get. IT'S BORING ALREADY. MOVE ON.

    June 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. tony

    bama-speak – 1) the art of covering both sides of an issue 2) the art of sounding compastionate without commiting to any postion.

    “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.”

    June 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Joe C

    ok, just to make a point to everyone making comments like "Once again, McBush has it wrong. Sen. Obama supports the right to own guns, but not the rights of convicted felons to own guns" or "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 ???"
    So who is out of touch? The answer is you because 99.99% of the guns being used by criminals are not guns obtained through legal means. So this ruling as absolutely no affect on the flow of these guns into the inner citys. What this ruling does do is allow law abiding citizens to purchase guns for their own protection. Some want them.....some don't.....but we all should have the right.

    June 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. susants

    The two Supreme Court decisions against certain states carrying out the death penalty for child rapists and complete area bans on guns for defence are Constitutionally correct even though many do not like them. It is the job of the Supreme Court to interpret the law not actively make it or change it based on current public opinion.

    June 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Darrel from Denver

    McCain grasping at straws and looking for oxygen, befitting his age and outlook.

    There has been one constant in EVERY statement made by McCain or his tools lately. They all are trying to reference past Clinton attempts to smear Obama and they are trying desperately to either come up with new twists or new inventions to continue to smear him.

    Why not just state where you stand without using the soapbox to smear your opponent? Oh, wait, I forgot....Republicans do not know how to do that, do they?

    And, stating where you stand and trying to stand on your own merits is not going to win the day this time because the GOP are out of step with the USA and its electorate.

    Too bad for them.

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Len

    .another Obama flip-flop

    That arrogant elitist needs to ot back to academia.

    June 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. OBAMA4CHANGE

    This is a LEADER.... OBAMA FOR LIFE

    This is what THE ONE AND ONLY 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 D.C. 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.

    As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen. I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact common-sense laws, like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Today's decision reinforces that if we act responsibly, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.

    COMPARE THAT TO YOUR 100 YEARS IN IRAQ WAR HERO... (LOL) MCSAME.... HA HA HA HA...

    June 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. joe in VA

    TO THE OBAMANIACS:

    BHO's quote was “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.”

    Is this the "change you can believe in"? there's no change here, BHO is merely an agent of his own ambition. Why wouldn't he speak to his own principles on this issue? It's important!

    Nader was right about BHO.

    June 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Cooper

    I totally support Obama's common sense position regarding the balance between second amendment and gun control. McCain is out of touch and sounds increasingly desperate. Keep taking the high road Obama!

    June 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. william

    It's obvious that McSame did not write that as there were too many words and I know he didn't have a prompter.

    June 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Change for Change Sake - Isn't Always a Good Thing

    Linda Esen – you're out of touch... Criminals will always acquire teh means to inflict harm to the non criminals. This is especially true when teh non criminals cannot defend themselves. Get a grip!

    June 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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