Meghan McCain: Don't Politicize, Take My Guns

2nd Amendment 'one issue where I’m red through-and-through'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 11:46 AM CDT
Meghan McCain arrives at Perez Hilton's 31st Birthday Party in West Hollywood, Calif., March 28, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – She supports gay marriage and thinks the Republican Party is out of touch, but on guns, Meghan McCain is “red through-and-through,” she writes in the Daily Beast: “The right to bear arms, and specifically the idea of it being taken away from me, is one of my biggest concerns.” Individual freedom and responsibility is the key philosophy of the GOP, and gun rights exemplify that ideal.

McCain’s family is full of hunters and servicemen, so she says her experience with guns has been entirely positive. And she finds it “empowering, especially as a woman, to fire off a few rounds.” America’s problem with violence shouldn’t be a political argument about guns, but a discussion about anger, alcohol, drugs and economic hopelessness. “Desperate people will make anything a weapon,” she writes. “We need to eliminate desperation, not guns.”