Gohmert: Freedom of the press is ‘granted in the Second Amendment’

By David Edwards
Thursday, June 6, 2013 15:14 EDT
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Louie Gohmert speaks on House floor
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During a Thursday rant about news that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been collecting phone records from millions of Americans, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) seemed to be a little confused when he proclaimed that freedom of the press is “granted in the Second Amendment.”

Gohmert noted that NSA spying was just the latest example of executive branch overreach because the Obama administration had also gone after the phone records of Associated Press reporters.

“Many times these phones up here are used by reporters to call members of Congress, who have another constitutional privilege, under the constitutional — under the constitution that provides privilege for the information that is provided for — to a member of Congress,” the Texas Republican explained. “It’s not unlimited.”

“But that’s on top of the freedom of the press that’s also granted in the Second Amendment,” he added.

The congressman, however, mostly likely intended to refer to the First Amendment because the Second Amendment deals with the right to keep and bear arms.

Gohmert went on to quote a tweet by conservative blogger Ace of Spades.

“There was a tweet today by Ace of Spades. The tweet was, ‘We’ve all got an Obamaphone now.’ Well, apparently we do,” he said.

Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast June 6, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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