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Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who is known to be a supporter of Second Amendment rights, spoke today in support of those rights.
He received a round of applause, but it was not the kind he’d anticipated. Instead, nearly every time he mentioned the Second Amendment, it was followed with a loud chorus of boos.
The reason? Sessions was talking in the context of America’s gun culture, saying those in the state who own guns have a “right to protect themselves and their families.”
Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. And while the vast majority of Americans support the “right” to own and carry a firearm, that doesn’t mean they are comfortable with the Second Amendment.
Sessions made his remarks in response to comments made by Governor Bentley in a radio interview.
“It’s not about whether anybody can control that. We don’t need to talk about that. It’s about what we do. And I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to come up with reasonable solutions, but I think it’s going to be a lot harder than anybody would like to believe.”
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James Fallows is a staff writer at The Atlantic and has written for The Washington Monthly, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and more. He is the co-author of How Would a Patriot Act?