Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guns compared Fordham University law professor Nicholas Johnson’s stance on the Second Amendment to a “suicide pact.”
“When I listened to you and Mr. Hardy describe the Second Amendment, it’s a suicide pact. Because by your definition, what has become common in America is unacceptable in a civilized country,” Durbin said, drawing applause from spectators at the hearing.
“I made a very different point, senator,” Johnson contested.
“The point I want to make is this: if it is common in America to have a military assault weapon with a 100-round magazine, if that is common for self-defense in America, God save this country,” Durbin said, again drawing applause.
At the beginning of his testimony, Johnson said the gun classifications under the proposed assault weapons ban are “unsustainable under the lowest level of constitutional review.”