Rand Paul: Celebrities certainly seem a little hypocritical about self-defense, huh?

posted at 1:51 pm on March 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The money quotes, pun intended, come at the 4:30 mark of last night’s appearance by Rand Paul on Hannity, but the entire clip is worth watching. Eric Bolling guest-hosted for Sean Hannity last night, and also pressed Paul for a solid commitment to filibuster Harry Reid’s gun-control bill, which Paul gave the second time Bolling brought it up.  But given the $12 million that Michael Bloomberg has pledged to campaign against Senators opposed to gun control and Jim Carrey’s strange entry into the debate, the shot across the celebrity bow is what got Politico’s attention:

“I don’t begrudge any famous person like Mayor Bloomberg, or the president or the president’s family for having protection — I think they all should. There’s enough crazy people out there that would attack on the right or the left. But I think when you are being protected by people who have weapons by responsible people, I can’t see why you would be opposed to that for other people,” Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said Thursday on Fox News’s “Hannity” to guest-host Eric Bolling.

He continued: “Many rich Hollywood celebrities have armed guards with them at all times and many regular people who live in a poor neighborhood, who have a business in a poor neighborhood and a neighborhood that may have higher crime — those people have to suffer the vicissitudes of violent crime without protection sometimes because of gun control laws. So, yes, I think there is a certain amount of hypocrisy.”

Earlier in the interview, Paul hammers Barack Obama for his “showmanship.” He points out, correctly, that nothing in Reid’s bill would have prevented the shooting that Obama is exploiting to push gun control.  Saving lives is a critical goal, Paul tells Bolling, but Obama and his allies keep skipping over the one thing that could have prevented or limited the Newtown death toll — robust self-defense.

Bolling asks Paul whether leadership is fully behind him on this fight, and Paul answers that he hasn’t seen “any fissures” in the Senate Republican caucus.  We’ll see when the filibuster gets fully under way.

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Ben Carson won’t be giving commencement speech at JH.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Now back to Rand Paul.

He may be the smartest man in the room. He is wisely tacking left but using Libertarian issues as his foundation.

His position of drug convictions will gain him traction on the left and center. Like it or not…it’s needed for a win in 2016 or 2020.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

But this Hollywood stuff is a FAIL. Self-censorship will be about as successful as self-deportation.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

It’s just too bad that these Hollywood “celebrities” feel compelled to have armed guards.

If the world was full of me, they wouldn’t even need a washer/dryer, because I wouldn’t wipe my muddy feet on ‘em.

Irrelevant pissants – I just wish they knew it.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Celebrities are gay…

Seven Percent Solution on March 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Republicans – Watch and learn.

It’s about time for the Republicans to go on the attack. Tell the people they’re more than willing to vote for measures that actually accomplish something, rather than taking rights away from lawful gun owners and purchasers.

bflat879 on March 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Like I said in the other Rand thread:

Separate but Equal.

Rub their noses in it.

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

They are the ruling elite. We are mere peasants and serfs suitable only for their manaul labor.

We should grateful for thier indulgence.

The kenyan king is the highest evolved form of the bourgeoisie.

acyl72 on March 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM

It’s just too bad that these Hollywood “celebrities” feel compelled to have armed guards.

You need to get out. You live your life in the Tea Party bubble.

I’ve been in business settings, parties and homes of so-called celebrities. The vast majority of people you consider celebrity are not guarded or well-protected.

Business execs, sales people and others use executive-security services as well.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Republicans – Watch and learn.

It’s about time for the Republicans to go on the attack. Tell the people they’re more than willing to vote for measures that actually accomplish something, rather than taking rights away from lawful gun owners and purchasers.

bflat879 on March 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Yeah, that would be nice…but it ain’t gonna happen. It’s more important to them to be liked by the media. It’s hard to fight a battle having to carry their dead weight around all the time. Maybe it’s time to drop ‘em.

squint on March 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Rand would have earned himself a great deal more creditability had he admitted that he isn’t a gun person instead of falling back on the politically disingenuous “I’m a shotgun gun guy”. It made him look phoney.

SWalker on March 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

“the shot across the celebrity bow is what got Politico’s attention:”

Well, they have to cover it in someway and it’s no wonder they cover the lesser story. They’ll do anything to protect Dear Leader from advertisement of a public challenge, like not even mention it at all in the story.

Thank goodness at least some lame stream media groups mention the challenge as a by the way at the end of their articles.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Sounds like Rand Paul didn’t like Obowma’s speech either…

Seven Percent Solution on March 29, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Here’s another story about what happens when liberals push against vaccines and for illegal immigration.

Deadly Disease Alert

PattyJ on March 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Must have seemed strange for a guest on Hannity’s show to be able to get a word in edgewise and not be interrupted and talked over by the host in order to hear the host’s opinion.

Cleombrotus on March 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

He was referring to people like Nanny Doomberg, Michael Moore, Piers Morgan, and Jim Carrey, who demand gun control or gun bans while ARE most definitely – and admittedly – protected by armed security.

Love that David Brock, too.

Sorry, but as a Hypocrisy Hater™, this hater’s gotta hate.

Resist We Much on March 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Hyprocritical celebrities?
Stunning!

Dumb and Dumber.

bazil9 on March 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

PattyJ on March 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Kathi Dobrow said she believes Kaitlyn missed her meningococcal vaccinations.

FAIL! What other excuses do you use to justify your ethnic-bigotry?

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

You need to read my post, again.

I, specifically, said “Hollywood ‘Celebrities’” – Pissant.

Now go act like a Rat Terrier, and hump somebody else’s calve … I need to launder my jeans, because of you.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

[Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM]

I think you’re talking about a Venn diagram that’s a whole lot bigger than he intended by his statement.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

But this Hollywood stuff is a FAIL. Self-censorship will be about as successful as self-deportation.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

What?

It’s just too bad that these Hollywood “celebrities” feel compelled to have armed guards.

You need to get out. You live your life in the Tea Party bubble.

I’ve been in business settings, parties and homes of so-called celebrities. The vast majority of people you consider celebrity are not guarded or well-protected.

Business execs, sales people and others use executive-security services as well.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

LOL. Rubbing elbows with “so-called celebrities”, are we?

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

OINK
Time to slop the hogzzz~

bazil9 on March 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM

LOL. Rubbing elbows with “so-called celebrities”, are we?

[Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM]

They always have someone there to serve the drinks and pick up dropped napkins.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Haha! :-D

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

My problem with this is both semantic and politically important I think: Paul, as others, can’t seem to make the leap into the clear conclusion that an effort is being made to take away guns as per an ideological imperative. He, like many others, falls back on the old saw that “politicians, bless their hearts, always feel a need to do something…”

This isn’t about misguided generic politicians trying to “do something” in the name of public good. This is about a determined ideological camarilla of gun grabbers acting according to long-held and well-documented totalitarian purpose. Maybe Paul can’t say as much, but why can’t he cite the damning history of liberal/leftist comments about guns and the 2nd Amendment instead of acting like this is some fresh phenomenon that sprang out of Newtown.

rrpjr on March 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

They always have someone there to serve the drinks and pick up dropped napkins.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Capitalist Hog Bearer of the Bucket and/or Cleaning Woman

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Celebrities are gay…

Seven Percent Solution on March 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I’m starting to detect a pattern….

dentarthurdent on March 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

My problem with this is both semantic and politically important I think: Paul, as others, can’t seem to make the leap into the clear conclusion that an effort is being made to take away guns as per an ideological imperative. He, like many others, falls back on the old saw that “politicians, bless their hearts, always feel a need to do something…”

This isn’t about misguided generic politicians trying to “do something” in the name of public good. This is about a determined ideological camarilla of gun grabbers acting according to long-held and well-documented totalitarian purpose. Maybe Paul can’t say as much, but why can’t he cite the damning history of liberal/leftist comments about guns and the 2nd Amendment instead of acting like this is some fresh phenomenon that sprang out of Newtown.

rrpjr on March 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Yes, we know, but the media will jump on that if Paul were to suggest it and label him as a black helicopter “crank”. Paul is playing an even better game — one that resonates — by making it a “us vs. then” class issue.

Barry managed to get elected twice, despite his shady background and damning associations, by appearing and sounding reasonable while playing the divide and conquer class game. It works and works really, really well.

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I am talking about Hollywood. Next.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

LOL. Rubbing elbows with “so-called celebrities”, are we?

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

The number of “famous” people I’ve met and or known is relatively small for my industry in my area.

The way you frame my remarks tells me that you consider my statement incredible which suggests that you consider it out of the ordinary which tells me that you do know crap about life outside of your cave.

I know that living in the sticks is boring but seeing someone in real life whom you’ve only ever seen on television is rather uneventful.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Celebrities are gay…

Seven Percent Solution on March 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Some.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Must have seemed strange for a guest on Hannity’s show to be able to get a word in edgewise and not be interrupted and talked over by the host in order to hear the host’s opinion.

Cleombrotus on March 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I was thinking same thing. Give the show to Bolling.

rrpjr on March 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

The GOP could use alot more Rand Pauls.

hatecraft on March 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I need to launder my jeans, because of you.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

That’s flattering. Don’t forget to wipe down your keyboard.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I am talking about Hollywood. Next.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Then re-read the thread, and look up context.

Next!

Pissant.

P.S. You owe me for my dry cleaning bill.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

That’s flattering. Don’t forget to wipe down your keyboard.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

My jeans have nothing to do with my keyboard.

You weren’t humping my keyboard.

Next!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

rrpjr on March 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

But something does need to be done. Nutcases who go on shooting sprees are giving Liberals the perfect excuse to go after people’s guns. Our whole approach to dealing with the mentally ill has to be changed. I don’t know exactly what the solution is. I do know that the problem isn’t guns, it’s the deterioration of our culture and how we deal with the mentally ill. But there is a problem out there, and the GOP would be foolish to act like these mass shooting are nothing more than the price one has to pay for living in a free society.

ardenenoch on March 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Ask your liberal friends:

What is being proposed that would have saved people in Newtown?

What’s really sad is that there are lots of things states could do to make people safer, but we’re ignoring those opportunities in favor of taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.

hawksruleva on March 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I was thinking same thing. Give the show to Bolling.

rrpjr on March 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Yeah, a twofer. We get a program with some depth and a host who’s not a clown and a caricature.

Cleombrotus on March 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

But something does need to be done. Nutcases who go on shooting sprees are giving Liberals the perfect excuse to go after people’s guns. Our whole approach to dealing with the mentally ill has to be changed. I don’t know exactly what the solution is. I do know that the problem isn’t guns, it’s the deterioration of our culture and how we deal with the mentally ill. But there is a problem out there, and the GOP would be foolish to act like these mass shooting are nothing more than the price one has to pay for living in a free society.

ardenenoch on March 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Well said. A serious look at our mental health system is in order. We’ve turned unstable people out on the street, putting a burden on our charities, emergency rooms, and police. In many states, there’s nothing you can do, or police can do, until that unstable person commits a crime.

I’m a huge fan of limited government. But providing a place to care for the mentally ill and keep them from hurting others seems like a legitimate function of government.

hawksruleva on March 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Also, here’s a thought for your African-American friends. If the party of Bull Conner manages to get all of the guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, what do you think will happen in inner cities?

If they really think that the control freaks are disarming us for our own safety, show them a 20th-century world history book.

hawksruleva on March 29, 2013 at 3:40 PM

ardenenoch on March 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Was in a hospital waiting room on Wednesday and heard Juan Williams – JUAN WILLIAMS, no less – making a hard case for focusing on black on black inner city gun crimes rather than legal law abiding citizens.

Why doesn’t the GOP simply turn every gun control dialog around to THAT meme?

Cleombrotus on March 29, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Curiously, the video of that interview is “not supported” by the source on Fox News.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2257665552001/role-of-race-in-gun-control-debate/

Cleombrotus on March 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Rand would have earned himself a great deal more creditability had he admitted that he isn’t a gun person instead of falling back on the politically disingenuous “I’m a shotgun gun guy”. It made him look phoney.

SWalker on March 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Not necessarily. By not naming a specific manufacturer, he’s not giving the left any additional ammunition. Never allow the left to twist or control the debate by taking it off track.

Wendya on March 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

[ardenenoch on March 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM]

I agree, and they ought to couple it with some commonsense streamlining of the current laws to get them simplified and provide better appeals for those who get stuck in the government bureaucratic prohibition lists because of mental issues, maybe some automatic appeals triggers.

Personally, I’d also like to see Fed’s local law enforcement support tied to providing less burdensome gun ownership and CCW approval in some gun control measures advanced by the GOP. Oh yeah, and gun free zones elimination as well.

There are a host of positive things the the GOP could advance, and I wish they’d get started.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on March 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

That’s some imagination you have there. What else do I do to you in your fantasies?

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

“Many rich Hollywood celebrities have armed guards with them at all times and many regular people who live in a poor neighborhood, who have a business in a poor neighborhood and a neighborhood that may have higher crime — those people have to suffer the vicissitudes of violent crime without protection sometimes because of gun control laws. So, yes, I think there is a certain amount of hypocrisy.”

This is a rube’s view of “Hollywood.” Notice how he doesn’t mention one specific person.

Rand Paul is brilliant.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

LOL. Rubbing elbows with “so-called celebrities”, are we?

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

The number of “famous” people I’ve met and or known is relatively small for my industry in my area.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I’m sure you’ll meet many more when you land a gig at a better parking lot, Hog. :-)

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Rand Paul is brilliant.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Yes he is and that’s why he will most likely be our next POTUS.

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I assume the girl “missed” her vaccinations because of the influence of celebs like Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey.

PattyJ on March 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Many rich Hollywood celebrities have armed guards with them at all times and many regular people who live in a poor neighborhood, who have a business in a poor neighborhood and a neighborhood that may have higher crime — those people have to suffer the vicissitudes of violent crime without protection sometimes because of gun control laws. So, yes, I think there is a certain amount of hypocrisy.”

This is a rube’s view of “Hollywood.” Notice how he doesn’t mention one specific person.

Rand Paul is brilliant.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Notice he said “many.” He also said it on a day when Jim Carrey was on Twitter going to epic heights of hypocrisy and also proving, yet again, that Jenny McCarthy was the Albert Einstein of the couple.

If you would stop hanging upside down and leave your cave every once in a while, you might understand why we have a problem with “many rich Hollywood celebrities,” like Jim Carrey and Michael Moore, lecturing us on the subject of guns.

Resist We Much on March 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Was in a hospital waiting room on Wednesday and heard Juan Williams – JUAN WILLIAMS, no less – making a hard case for focusing on black on black inner city gun crimes rather than legal law abiding citizens.

Cleombrotus on March 29, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Williams occasionally – very occasionally – does say something sensible.

As far as our criminals and madmen are concerned, society must control its loose canons: and if it refuses to single them out, it must control everyone as a loose canon. That’s where we are today.

PersonFromPorlock on March 29, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Every time the opportunity arises, the Republicans and right need to point out that all of these mass shootings have occurred in Gun Free Zones. Hammer the point, hammer it hard, hammer it long. Gun Free Zones Don’t Work

AZfederalist on March 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Jeebus…. with da GubRmints Jack Boots on the necks of live’n Americans.. why all the surprise that B-Boi would stand on the graves of dead kids

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

I’m sure you’ll meet many more when you land a gig at a better parking lot, Hog. :-)

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I wish I owned a couple of parking structures or parcel lots.

Rand Paul is brilliant.

Capitalist Hog on March 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Yes he is and that’s why he will most likely be our next POTUS.

Punchenko on March 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM

He is playing chess while the rest of the GOP plays Pin the deficit on the donkey. He’s going to have trouble smoothing out some of the less-refined Libertarian libertarian points. But he understands the tenor and tone of America better than most. He has to stop the double-speak though.

Capitalist Hog on March 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

He is playing chess while the rest of the GOP plays Pin the deficit on the donkey. He’s going to have trouble smoothing out some of the less-refined Libertarian libertarian points. But he understands the tenor and tone of America better than most. He has to stop the double-speak though.

Capitalist Hog on March 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Wow, something sensible from you for once. Rand and his father BOTH are playing 3D chess while the Goofy Old People are playing Candyland. But Rand has enough sense not to make himself the top enemy of the entire military lobby from paid professionals to gormless armchair generals in Bumpkinsaw.

Also agreed that he has to stop the double-speak, like now if not sooner. I understand he’s trying to avoid stepping on a political landmine before he can even get his career really started…but he doesn’t have the luxury of time. Frankly none of us do.

MelonCollie on March 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

There are some issues I don’t agree with Rand Paul on, but having said that he is the most rational man in Washington, D.C. right now. I agree with everything he says in the clip, especially about all of the amendments included in the Bill of Rights being of equal value. Strange how the left (and many “me-too Republicans”) pick and chose what they want to protect.

georgeofthedesert on March 31, 2013 at 2:20 PM