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

McCain applauds Supreme Court ruling, criticizes Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/26/art.sc.ap.jpg caption="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. Miko Kansas City

    Of course he's got something to say about Obama. McSame is trigger happy just like Bush. Elect him and we will be entering a war with Iran. always got something to say about Obama. That's why he is sinking a fighting for air!!

    June 26, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Chanda-Cincinnati

    Well Tammy if that same person had a fight with his/her hands, instead of using a gun, the outcome would more than likely not be death. You " guns don't kill people" idiots crack me up!!! There does need to be some tighter controls on guns ...PERIOD!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. xddy4u

    That hypocrite McCain could care less about a ban on hand guns. He's trying to appeal to the "good ole boys", who love their guns.
    Obama is right, there got to be some measure that will make it hard for criminals and under age persons to get a gun to committe a crime.
    If you want to get some sense out of all this, listen to Obama. He speakes with wisdom.

    June 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA







    June 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. vw

    Respect our hero, McCain President.

    June 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Stephen H

    I'm really getting sick and tired of people posting here attacks on Obama on topics where someone else has made a statement. Nader makes contraversial comments about Obama and many of the posts did not focus on what Nader said, but went out of their way attacking Obama when he didnt do anything. Even with Gov Rendell's comments about Bill Clinton, people went out of their way to attack Obama as is he is the one making the comments. And these same people have the audacity to claim that everyone is in the tank for Obama. What a crock! I just want people to stick to the topic at hand and not use each blog as a springboard to attack one candidate or the other. Obama can not be blamed for everything that goes wrong or what others say. When someone says something contraversial, focus on the person that said it, not McCain or Obama if they had nothing to do with the statement.

    June 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. KIKI

    The super hero addicted flip-floper is accusing his rival of flip floping.
    The world Up side down. Can somebody tell McSame to hill his desperation by going on vacation and come back in november with competitive Ideas?

    June 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Voting Woman

    This woman whose face can only get a dinner out of her husband of 30 years is voting for Obama!

    June 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Petra, PA

    McCain is a warmongering, trigger happy candidate. Surprise!

    June 26, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. saga for Obama

    Angela V..... disaster for our country can only come from 4 more years of the Bush ideology McCain has continuously supported. tell the mothers of all of the dead soldiers how Bushs "experience " was good. i mean really, Obama has experience; coming from food stamps to leading his party, community out reach to helping the little man/woman rebuild their lives like he will rebuild this country. i am sooooo sick of hearing he doesnt have "experience" this man has done more in his 46 years than a lot of people do in a life time. at least he didnt get into politics because his daddy was the Prez once he has helped a lot of people and has inspired more!

    June 26, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. richard

    Obama is on record that he wants to ban all handguns. Look it up if you do not believe me.

    June 26, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Beth from Virginia

    The world of today is an awful lot different from the world that existed when our forefathers wrote the Constitution. I wonder how the signers of that document would view the right to bear arms in 2008?

    June 26, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    guns dont kill people

    people with guns kill people



    (we got the highest murder rate in the world, and no its not your black neighbor doing it either)

    June 26, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    The Surly Scholar June 26th, 2008 1:09 pm ET

    Wow, he actually pulled out the "bitter" line again? That's really a little sad.


    A lot of small town people probably feel exactly that way, so if McCain is going to keep trying to distort Obama's comment this far after the fact, it's really an insult to the intelligence of his voters.


    I don't know about that...if you listen to conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, etc. on talk radio, you'll see that they and their callers buy into "Bittergate" completely, without any reservation. Believe me, what McCain says is not insulting to their intelligence, because they can't see through it and understand it what Obama was trying to say (admittedly his choice of words could have been better). McCain's comments are just about right for his voters' intelligence level.

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Matthew

    The comments on this blog thread, by McCain supporters, are a complete waste of my time. I am all for the Second Ammendment and Justice Scalia nailed it. Regulation is important for inner cities that are seeing their children being gunned down daily. I live outside of Chicago. Weelky kids are getting killed. The Chicago press has pounced on it. Kids walking home from school and getting killed by gunfire. It has gotten so ridiculous that a kid could be shot outside his house on a weekend while not in school, and the press turns it into "Another CPS Student Victim of GUNFIRE!"

    Pro Second Ammendment

    Pro Variable Regulation

    Pro for McCain supporters to change their diapers.

    (I just threw up a little bit in my mouth)

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Justin, Ohio

    Control your health care and decide for you what treatment you get? Yes he can!
    Control the oil industry and allow the government to price oil and raise the price at the pump? Yes he can!
    Give terrorists rights under OUR Constitution, while at the same time taking away OUR Constitutional rights? Yes he can!
    Change America, even though he loves this country? Yes he can!
    Get rich and powerful while fooling Americans into believing he stands EXACTLY for what they do? YES HE IS!

    Don't be fooled by inexperience, Marxist views and empty promises.

    McCain 08.

    June 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. F C Sanders Sr

    I consider myself to be a fair person so I listen to both candidits. And I find it interesting in listening to McCain at his town hall meeting today say people are tired of the sound bites and taking bits and pieces of a statement then talking about that, they want to hear about issues. Then just after that we have McCain here doing the exact thing that he just said in his town hall meeting that people were tired of hearing, so I wonder does he really believe that or did he think that's just what the people at the meeting wanted to hear?

    June 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Eric

    Nice! More handguns to kill your own family members with. How many people use a gun for protection from a intruder compared to how many family members are killed by the gun that is supposed to protect the family. Its a joke. We dont need guns in the house. So prehistoric. Time to change the laws. The only one on the losing
    side is a dead family member and people that vote for McSAME.

    GO OBAMA! O8

    June 26, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Paul

    Dear John,

    You are a true patriot, but the time for you to be our president has come and gone. You don't have new thoughts or fresh ideas. You sound like your buddy GW, and you are campaigning from a playbook that had to have been written by GW's father.

    The tide has already turned, and the winds of change tell me that Barack Obama is the only choice for the presidency. It's a new world out there and Americans want something new. We want change.

    June 26, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Glenn

    McShame pandering again! What a dofuss!

    June 26, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. M.S. Indiana

    McCain where is our rights for machine guns and other automatic weapons, hand grenades, explosives and rockets ???

    And why are we in Iraq(and other places) to take weapons away from people then ??

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. concern for GOP

    more negative attacks it will only back fire, if the Dems can come together about negative ads that shows leadreship from their party.

    Mccain says he can't control his on party! Truly sad if he intends on being for All Amercians. I don't buy in to this POW makes a great choice. I think somehow his judgement of right and wrong has been jepardized!

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Zelda of Pittsburgh

    Everyone knows that words like "elitist" and "arrogant" are just code for the word some folks would really like to use to describe Obama – "uppity." We know what you really think.

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Independant Floridian

    Hey McCain why don't you have Mike "Hey pick me! Huckabee for V.P" Tell another joke ,just to add on to the complete joke of a campaign you are running. How about have Mitt"pick me" Romney who said "NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION" is a liberal issue pile on. This, Romney said, when Wolf Blitzer told Mitt that Obama worked across the aisle with Dick Lugar (R) on that very thing. I thought Romney was smart and would be hard to match as a V.P. He turned out to be an idiot as well. Mccain's choices dwindle by the day. So sad "MY FRIENDS".

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. JD

    Ofcourse John McCain is for guns, that's all he's ever good for. his #1 modo is KILL KILL KILL...

    June 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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