Mike Huckabee Wants Everyone to Own Military Grade Weapons
On Monday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee stopped by a shooting range in Johnston, Iowa to talk about his views on a variety of security-related issues.
At one point, a self-identified grandfather explained to Huckabee that he had concerns about the limits of what firearms citizens should be able to buy. He point-blank asked the former governor if we should be able to have all the same weapons the military has, and Huckabee replied by saying that we should be able to own whatever we want.
MAN: With the way things have gone, now I have arms that I only dreamed about in the past? Do you think the government should come in and limit what type of arms a person a law abiding person can purchase?
HUCKABEE: No because there's nothing in the Constitution that gives them the authority to do that.
MAN: We shouldn't have muskets (inaudible) we should have everything the military has?
HUCKABEE: We should have whatever we choose to have. Because it's a citizens right. The government shouldn't tell me what the limitations of my self-protection are. If somebody's going to break into my house I want to at least be as well-armed as they are if not better armed than they are. My plan is always to have a better arsenal to defend myself than they are going to have to try to attack me. So whatever I must do to do that. And I've been asked on many occasions, well how many firearms do you have. Well, the answer to that is none of your business. It's for me to know and for you to find out. But I'll put it this way I have more than one gun safe and I need them both. Phil Gramm once famously said [...] he said 'I have all the guns I need but not all the guns I want.'
It's not surprising for a Republican presidential nominee to posture themselves as “pro-gun,” but it is a little alarming that Huckabee can't reject the idea that average Americans should be able to purchase tanks, rocket launchers, and attack helicopters.