Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. explained on the Senate floor that the Second Amendment was “not absolute” suggesting that restrictions on assault weapons were no more controversial than restrictions on child pornography.
“No amendment can be absolute,” Schumer said, promoting a ban on assault weapons. “I believe you can be pro-gun and pro gun safety, just like you can be in favor of free speech but also against child pornography.”
Schumer argued that an assault weapon bans for civilians would be an acceptable restriction on the Second Amendment – without infringing on the right to keep and bear arms.
Schumer also highlighted the Brady Bill, praising the bill he authored for “saving tens of thousands of lives” without infringing American’s right to own a gun.
“We can come together,” he said. “There can be a way of moving forward in the middle.”