John McCain on the Second Amendment

Asked point-blank about his views on the Second Amendment, Sen. John McCain didn’t mince words:

I have been a consistent supporter of the Second Amendment. It means to me what it says. Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms.

Nothing about the rights of hunters. Nothing about “sporting” or “recreational” use of firearms. It is about the rights of citizens. This is as it should be. He also made this pledge:

I will continue to fight back efforts to weaken the Second Amendment.

I know there are a lot of skeptics out there concerning McCain’s record on gun rights. I’m willing to accept him at his word on this issue. And will be the first to hold him accountable if down the road he betrays that trust.

—John Snow