by Penny Starr, CNS News:
The chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force – a group of Democrats who support President Barak Obama’s sweeping gun control plan – began a meeting on Wednesday by saying he wants to keep his guns and wants other “law-abiding Americans’ to do the same.
“I just want to let everyone know from the beginning, I’m a hunter, I’m a gun owner and I believe that law-abiding citizens have a Second Amendment right to own firearms,” Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) said in his opening remarks.
“I’m not interested in giving up my firearms, my guns, and I’m not going to ask other law abiding Americans to give up theirs,” Thompson said.
He went on cite the 2007 Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which upheld the Second Amendment right of citizens to bear arms for self-defense.