Gun control supporter Bill Maher admitted he owns guns for personal protection even though he thinks the Second Amendment is "bullsh*t."
On the HBO Real Time episode on Friday (see embed below), Maher criticized the failed Manchin-Toomey expanded background checks bill because it prohibited a national gun registry. " ... Of course we need a gun registry," Maher said. "The Second Amendment is bullsh*t."
Much of the opposition to the Senate bill centered on concerns, despite denials from Manchin-Toomey supporters, that a federal gun registry would be the next step.
Later in the show, Maher offered this interesting revelation: "As long as we live in the gun country, I ain't giving up my gun ... there have been 12 home invasions in my neighborhood in the last year ... I have two guns, one upstairs and one down." Maher presumably lives in an upscale Beverly Hills enclave.
Law Professor and gun law expert David Kopel has previously asserted that the national gun registry ban in Manchin-Toomey only applied to the Attorney General and not to other government agencies, however.
Separately, "Morning Joe" Scarborough, who claimed that the GOP would become extinct for opposing the Machin-Toomey bill, apparently has had a change of heart because of the IRS scandal.
As he explained on MSNBC, "My argument has been, don't worry, background checks aren't going to lead to a national registry. The government is never going to create a national registry. Right? And there is even something there that says its a felony. I don't even have to complete my sentence, do I? My argument is less persuasive today because of these scandals. Because people will say, hey, if they do that with the IRS asking people what books you read then how can I trust them with information about my Second Amendment rights? This is devastating. This IRS scandal is devastating. All across the board as Chuck said. Immigration reform, background checks, you name it, it's a devastating scandal."
CNN's Piers Morgan who also jumped on the gun control bandwagon after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., similarly admitted the other night on his show that gun rights supporters and "pro-gun lobbyists" who oppose additional firearms regulations may have a point given the "vaguely tyrannical behavior" by the federal government in the IRS and AP scandals.
Watch Bill Maher talk about how he personally owns guns despite slamming the Second Amendment: