Keith Ellison’s comments on the Second Amendment: For the record

CNN’s Dana Bash: “Congressman. Gun control. In 2014, you told Bill Maher that you wished the Democratic Party would come out against the Second Amendment. How do you reach out to Americans who support gun rights when you don’t support the Second Amendment?”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.): “First of all, let me tell you I remember that show very well, and that is not what I said at all. What I talked about is my grandfather’s shotgun, the fact that I am a turkey hunter, and I didn’t say that. That was not an accurate statement.” […]

Bash: “Congressman, I just want to read you — since you said that that wasn’t what you said, I’ll read you exactly what happened. Bill Maher: ‘Then why doesn’t your party come out against the Second Amendment? It’s the problem.’ Your response: ‘I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would.’ ”

Ellison: “I wish you’d play the tape, because if you did you’d see that it did not go that way. But the real point is this, this country — absolutely, I am for the right to bear arms, but I am not for these massive murders that happen all over this country every day.”
— exchange during CNN debate with candidates for Democratic National Committee leadership, Feb. 22, 2017

During the debate on CNN, Ellison denied making comments about the Second Amendment during a March 2014 interview on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” We were curious to know exactly what he said during the…

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