High-Profile Dem Predicts ‘Popular Revolt’ If SCOTUS Stops Gun Control from Becoming Law

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) predicted a “popular revolt” if the Supreme Court stops “universal background checks” and a ban on so-called “assault weapons” from becoming the law of the land.

Murphy appeared on NBC’sMeet the Press” over the weekend (see video above).

Host Chuck Todd asked Murphy about his continuing involvement in gun control legislation, a stance that has been met with opposition from certain district courts.

“It does sound like you have to do it within the construct of look, you will probably not be able to regulate much having to do with access to the gun by anybody over 18,” Todd noted.

Todd was referencing a recent decision by Judge Robert Payne, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Judge Payne struck down a federal law that prohibits handgun sales to adults under 21.

“Because the statutes and regulations in question are not consistent with our nation’s history and tradition, they, therefore, cannot stand,” Payne wrote in his decision.

Murphy responded with a stark warning: “If the Supreme Court eventually says that states or the Congress can’t pass universal background checks or can’t take these assault weapons off the streets, I think there will be a popular revolt over that policy.”

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“A court that’s already pretty illegitimate and is going to be in full crisis mode,” he added.

Todd pressed further, asking how gun legislation should be approached under the present conditions: “Do you go for a constitutional amendment, or do you just hope judges’ philosophies change over the next generation?”

Despite the uphill battle, Murphy expressed optimism that Dems will be able to get the job done.

“Right now, the Supreme Court has made it clear under the Heller decision, which still controls, they say there is a right to private gun ownership, but there’s also an ability for Congress to legislate who owns weapons and what kind of weapons are owned,” he stated. “I think we need to operate under that construct, and I really see progress.”

Murphy acknowledged the concern surrounding the decisions of district courts on this issue but emphasized the importance of focusing on the broader movement.

“Does it worry me what some of these district courts are doing? Absolutely, but right now our focus has to be on growing the movement and continuing to capitalize on the progress made last year,” he concluded.

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Whether Murphy likes it or not, as is the case with purchase restrictions for adults under 21, banning firearms “in common use” (per Heller) does fit with the “nation’s history and tradition” (per Bruen).

Keep in mind that there are at least 24 million modern sporting rifles in civilian hands, according to the NSSF, the firearms industry trade association. Given those numbers, AR-pattern rifles are in common use.

As Stephen Halbrook from the Independent Institute reminds us:

In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects “arms ‘in common use at the time’ for lawful purposes like self-defense” and arms that are “typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes.” Such arms are “chosen by American society,” not the government.

A widespread prohibition on this class of firearms would be unconstitutional. There’s little doubt that the high court, as currently constructed, would block an “assault weapon” ban.

If a “popular revolt” were to occur as a result it’d be because those who are revolting don’t understand the Constitution. Or, because they’ve been fed a bill of goods from politicians — like Mr. Murphy — who want to disarm America.

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  • Bulletcatcher May 26, 2023, 8:39 am

    Says the pos. Bring on your revolt, that should be fun!

  • BigC May 26, 2023, 7:33 am

    This idiot, Murphy, has it bass ackwards, like all Democraps, all the time!!

  • Raptor May 19, 2023, 9:49 pm

    I would welcome their revolt!!!

  • lonesome wolf May 19, 2023, 6:18 pm

    Sooo, the anti-2A people might/would be taking up arms against those “legally” carrying and judges who support and defend the Constitution of the US? As they are sworn to do.
    Let’s not forget that the President, VP, all members of Congress, and other federal office holders swear an oath to Support and Defend the Constitution of the US.

  • l1254 May 19, 2023, 2:22 pm

    We would expect nothing less than total anarchy from the left. Its what they do if they dont get there way throw a temper tantrum.

  • gypsy May 19, 2023, 12:17 pm

    more threats to control scotus

  • bob h May 19, 2023, 11:12 am

    Every Supreme Court justice was confirmed by the US Senate. Mr. Murphy is a US Senator so if the SCOTUS is “illegitimate” as he claims then so is the US Senate and Mr. Murphy.

  • Jerry May 19, 2023, 10:16 am

    Vintage Wizard of Id cartoon;
    “Sire, the peasants are revolting” (indicating the “down with the king” signs in the public square below).
    “Yes, they sure are revolting”
    History depends on who writes it, and not always the winners, but also by the whiners.
    There is always something to watch, if your eyes are open.

  • Tip Tover May 19, 2023, 10:11 am

    And I say it won’t result in a “Revolution.” Who you gonna believe? An oath breaking DemoCommunist or me? We all know his agenda and greatest wish would be for a revolution to occur, kill millions and destroy America as we know it. So I cancel these people out when I hear them. My opinion is much more informed than theirs. I don’t let lying, stupid evil people into my life. I normally would not even comment but this is an exceptional asshole who deserves pushback.

  • Ordinary Joe May 19, 2023, 10:06 am

    What are they going to revolt with?

    • jobike May 20, 2023, 12:21 am

      Unfortunately, with the media.

  • Chuck Matson May 19, 2023, 9:57 am

    Communist POS.

  • Roger D May 19, 2023, 8:44 am

    Will all the gay boys come out wearing their finest vagina hats?

  • Roland May 19, 2023, 8:43 am

    My question is, how did all of these mentally retarded people that call themselves Democrats get into office? When all they do is spew treason with every word that comes out of their mouths. These people in our government that are actively trying to change our constitution constantly to make it conform to their personal desires are plain and simple Traitors that should be dragged out and executed.

  • Doug McKinney May 19, 2023, 7:48 am

    Sounds to me that if the democrats don’t get their way ,they will try and change courts to get what they want. When is this hypocrites going to stop screwing with the peoples rights?

  • Jimmy Smith May 19, 2023, 7:39 am

    Sounds like a threat to me. Calling the Supreme Court illegitimate? This guy and his ideas are the problem in our country. Several million gun owners don’t take kindly to threats from our own government. Don’t forget, the power of the people is greater than the people in power.

    • Ti May 19, 2023, 3:33 pm

      I would use Afghanistan under Soviet and US control as examples. I don’t think you want to fight with the indigenous armed citizens.

  • Papa Bear May 19, 2023, 2:29 am

    What are they going to revolt with Mr. Murphy? Torches and Pitchforks? Seems to me it will be a very short lived revolt.

  • Kane May 18, 2023, 11:00 am

    Murphy is trying to incite a riot, not necessarily a “popular” one.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment May 16, 2023, 9:27 am

    So those against gun violence will use violence to get what they want, and did murphy just encourage sedition against the government and people of this country????

    • Blue Dog (he/him) May 16, 2023, 12:01 pm

      Now paul, you are being disingenuous and taking the Senator’s words out of context. Revolts don’t always have to be armed or overly violent. Really, it says more about you and your thinking than it does about the will of the people to have some kind of control – or one might say, well regulated – over who has access to what kind of weapons of war.

      • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment May 16, 2023, 12:27 pm

        oooh learned a new word over in your country did you…. kind of hard to revolt without violence especially since the “peaceful” isn’t working as sen murphy just whined about! as for the will of the people there are more sides than just the left here. weapon of war what does that refer to exactly since clubs and rocks were used to make war???? go polish your king’s gold coach or something!

      • Kane May 18, 2023, 10:56 am

        The only ones that can be confirmed to be armed with a firearm on J6 were the feds that manage to murder a female veteran, Ashli Babbitt. The “overly violent” mobs were left-wingers like Antifa that rioted, murdered and destroyed property over the course of weeks.

        “…who has access to what kind of weapons of war.”

        What does that even mean? You want the CIA (Criminals In-charge of America) and other 3 lettered tyrants to wield all the power.

        Turn in your 1911, since that firearm would fall under any definition of a “weapon of war.”

        • Roland May 19, 2023, 8:51 am

          The sole purpose of the 2nd Amendment was for one purpose and only one purpose and that was to recognize and verify that the American Citizens be able to own weapons of war.

      • Papa Bear May 19, 2023, 2:37 am

        Hey Dog, Do you even know what the words “well regulated” mean? I suggest you do a little research on the meanings of Old English Phrases. Have fun.

        • Democratlosers May 19, 2023, 7:08 am

          He/Him says it all !! Liberal Enemy of America !! ” The Tree of Liberty must be Refreshed from Time to Time with the Blood of Patriots and TYRANTS ” .. Thomas Jefferson.

        • Blue Dog (he/him) May 19, 2023, 9:00 am

          Meþuhte þæt ðu sardest med me.

          Turns out, I speak some Old English! And that is a different language than what you mean, which is Early Modern English.

          • Chuck Matson May 19, 2023, 10:09 am

            Blue-butt thinks it`s so cleaver shooting its mouth off from the safety of whoever’s basement it lives in. But, one day the little nutlicker will get what it deserves.

          • Blue Dog(he/him) May 20, 2023, 7:35 am

            Chuck, are you threatening me with violence? Just because we disagree politically? How can we report posts here? Do I go to the post office for that? And, not to be that guy, but my pronouns are he/him, not it.

          • Blue Dog(he/him) May 20, 2023, 7:36 am

            Chuck, are you threatening me with violence? Just because we disagree politically? How can we report posts here? Do I go to the post office for that? And, not to be that guy, but my pronouns are he/him, not it.

            Blue butt? Is that the best you’ve got? Blue Dong is right there.

      • Democratlosers May 19, 2023, 7:04 am

        He/Him you can go …. yourself. The Second Amendment is about over throwing a Tyrannical Govt. That requires weapons of War. Besides Liberal AR’s are NOT Weapons of WAR. People like you are the Enemy of America. and YES .. Murphy like BLM/ Antifa Left wingers like you always use Violence .. Over 2 Billion Dollars in damage in over 200 Cities in the Country I Love from your type. DemocRATS are pure EVIL !!.

  • Forrest May 15, 2023, 8:27 pm

    Unarmed people revolting?

    Rofl. Okay.

    • Jake May 19, 2023, 10:40 am

      Recall that BLM/Antifa “mostly peaceful protests” involved explosives, firebombs, Glock and AR Ghost guns.

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