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South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard (courtesy

“Everybody wants the right to carry a gun and that’s dangerous in a free society. We should not allow that.” – South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard, quoted in New gun bill will mean more guns on SC streets, says lawmaker [via]



  1. avatar Dev says:

    This is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard a politician say.

    1. avatar Huntmaster says:

      US Rep Diana Degette (D)-

      “These are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”

      1. avatar 10mm says:

        I was THERE when she said that. I was literally speechless.

        1. avatar Huntmaster says:

          The voters of Colorado must NEVER be allowed to forget it.

        2. avatar Tal says:

          I can only imagine after you came to your senses how hard you laughed.

        3. avatar Avid Reader says:

          I am so sorry.

          I lived in her district for a few years. I feel dumber for having done so. Of course, now I’m in Polis’ district. . .

      2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

        And she is someone that the other side insists is an “expert” on firearms.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Oh, I’ve heard that “expert” shit before, when a punk-ass cop was muzzling me with my own gun while f–king with it and I asked WTF he thought he was doing and ordered him to knock it off. He ordered me to watch my language while his partner explained that everything was OK, since he was an “expert”. I told him to fuck off, if he did not like my language, give me back my gun and go the hell away, and his partner that I was carrying a machine gun to work every day when this jerk was in diapers, expert, my ass. Eventually, they gave me a warning ticket (stopped for an inspection sticker 2 weeks out of date) handed me my disassembled gun and went away proud, I guess, of saving the community from another miscreant.

    2. avatar Joseph says:

      The right to carry a gun is dangerous in a free society? Got that a little ass backwards didn’t ya Mr. Gilliard?

      1. avatar JasonM says:

        It’s a free society, so we can’t let people carry guns, um, <whispers> freely.

    3. avatar Random_Commenter says:

      Said the politician that had an armed protection detail mostly of active & retired LEO professionals

      1. avatar The Original Brad says:

        A SC State rep does not have an armed protection detail. HE works in a protected office though but he drives to work in a regular car, albeit with a special license plate.

    4. avatar Getfreight says:

      OK, it wasn’t just me.

      A “free society” but we have to restrict something???? By definition restriction should be the opposite of free.

  2. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Everyone wants freedom in a free society.

    1. avatar PeterK says:

      Yeah, how dare those free people want to be free!

  3. avatar Jay Hindman says:

    i don’t think that word (free) means what he thinks it means

    1. avatar peirsonb says:


    2. avatar Publius says:

      True. When Democrats says “free society”, they mean “welfare society” not “a society of free people”.

      1. avatar ThomasR says:

        Free healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free everything.

        You can also say that animals in a zoo. people in jail and slaves get everything for “free”.

        But to a progressive/statist, that is what they are willing to kill you in trying to achieve in their “free” society.

  4. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Wow. Me thinks Rep. Gilliard should maybe go back to school and read some history.
    Focus in on that freedom stuff. It’s very enlightening.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      I seem to vaguely recall something from my high school history classes about a significant number of (white) men with guns freeing some black slaves a while back.

      1. avatar Jim Bullock says:

        Yeah, I remember being told something similar.

        A I R, there was also some problem with the black folks being able to free tbemselves, as they weren’t “allowed” to have guns, while the folks who made the slave laws had them.

        1. avatar Cliff H says:

          As did the men in Africa (many of them also negro) who rounded them up and sold them to the whites.

          Black on black crime has DEEP roots.

      2. avatar mrbadnews says:

        Nah. It was just one black lady and her buddies. They were doing it as a hobby after work. She did a great job at it, I’ve heard. I wonder of she ever carried a gun? I think they’re putting her on a $20 bill or something.

    2. avatar Dave in AZ says:

      That assumes that he can read and understand what he is reading. But, judging by his statement, he is an illiterate moron.

  5. avatar pwrserge says:

    “Everybody wants the right to [vote] and that’s dangerous in a free society. We should not allow that.”

    1. avatar John L. says:

      They already checked that box (pardon the turn of phrase) in a lot of places, via districting.

      So you can vote, but in some places it’s almost impossible to get someone who’s not in the incumbent party elected.

      P.S. TTAG, please fix the need to sign in every … single … time to comment.

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        It just occurred to me that maybe it’s a ploy to trip up certain trolls.

        1. avatar Pascal says:

          I think that something is borked with wordpress. You can no longer login

  6. avatar M3M9 says:

    The failure of our Founding Fathers is that they expected today’s politicians to know and care as much about the Constitution as they did.

    This f*ckwit is Exhibit A.

  7. avatar Bob h says:

    Blinded by the stupid.

  8. avatar Mr. 308 says:

    Wow, textbook cognitive dissonance.

    We were watching ‘The Pyramid Code’ last night on Netflix and they had this Egyptian archaeologist make the statement that all the people who built the pyramids way back did so freely, there were no slaves. Sure you were free to labor as you were told to build those things, totally free. As long as you did the work freely you wouldn’t be killed.

    Same deal here.

    1. avatar John L. says:

      Reminds me of our “voluntary” income tax.

  9. avatar Mmmtacos says:

    “Everybody wants the right…”
    We have the right, it’s a matter of whether or not it’s legal and protected for us to exercise that right should we choose to. There’s no politician that can grant rights, deal with it.

    “…to carry a gun…”
    Oh no, a gun.

    “…and that’s dangerous in a free society.”
    A free society has the potential to be dangerous, or to be benevolent. That’s just it: it’s a free society; free to do what they please to do. A truly free society is an experiment, do you want to allow it to work on it’s own? Or not? If not, then you do not have a free society.

    “We should not allow that.”
    That’s because you’re a totalitarian. Plain and simple. For shits and giggles let’s say this is your first intolerance against a mode of freedom. This is your justification when something goes wrong; it’s guns. Let’s say you get your way, guess what? Something will continue to go wrong, now there’s something else you can’t allow. The cycle will repeat, and it will keep repeating until it implodes upon itself and we’re back to square one, waiting for a new constituency to laud freedom, and inevitably deal with this cycle again of someone that thinks they can control people through legislation.

    You’re un-American, and you’re sick in the head. Whoever elected you into office should have their heads looked at. If South Carolina has a recall process the people of South Carolina would be doing themselves a disservice to not exercise it.

    1. avatar The Original Brad says:

      State Representatives are elected by districts. He represents the 111th District – better known as Charleston,SC – The most liberal part of the state. He’s not going anywhere. The black and white population in Charleston has been thoroughly indoctrinated in the way of Detroit, Houston and Chicago. Once you get out of that area, it’s a whole ‘nuther story.

      1. avatar Benzo says:

        Extra ironic that he represents the district where the idiot shot up the welcoming folks at church, ain’t it? Willfull ignorance, this…

  10. avatar Swilson says:

    Natural rights: dangerous to a free society

  11. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    Ah yes, the good old ‘freedom is dangerous to a free society’ meme.

  12. avatar Drew R says:

    “Everybody has the right to carry a gun and that ’ s essential a free society. We should encourage that . ”

    Fixed it.

  13. avatar Parnell says:

    If you’re limiting individual rights, how is it a free society?

  14. avatar Pascal says:

    It is sad that politics attracts such stupid people

    1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      It’s sadder still that it repels so many bright, honest, prudent people. One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics, is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Exhibit A: South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard.

  15. avatar wright says:

    The ability to carry a gun is what makes us a free society.

  16. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    “Everybody wants the right to [….

    practice their religion
    peaceably assemble
    petition the government for redress of grievances
    be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects

    ….] and that’s dangerous in a free society. We should not allow that.”

    After all, if one person demands to exercise his natural rights, then someone else will, and someone else will, and another, and another, and then what will we have in our free society???!!!

    Hmmm, I dunno, Massa. Freedom? You should be ashamed, and by ashamed I mean something unfit to print.

  17. avatar Chris Morton says:

    He has what can only be characterized as a “slave mentality”.

    Apparently he believes that he doesn’t need a gun because the guys who shot the people on the Danziger Bridge, Kathryn Johnston and Akai Gurley will “protect” him.

  18. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

    Oh look, he’s a Democrat.

    This is my shocked face.

  19. avatar Steve says:

    “Everybody wants the right to VOTE and that’s dangerous in a free society. We should not allow that.”

    Same thing?

  20. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    I do not follow the argument.

    Why is it “dangerous?” Where’s the carnage from responsible, peaceful, law-abiding people?

    What carnage there is involves mainly crazies, thugs, predators n the occasional terrorizt. I’m O K with slowing them down. Armed, responsible n etc. people at the point of thuggery is one way to do this.

    “Everyone” seems little threat to me, that is, unless we are all crazies n etc. If that’s what Representative-Represent thinks of us, probably best we don’t let him decide what we are “allowed” to do. I do wonder why R-R thinks himself so empowered to decide, being one of that same crazy n etc. “everybody.” Or maybe he is not like us; not one of us.

    The violence we have involving guns is from people who aren”t responsible, aren’t peaceful, and aren’t law-abiding. Indeed, the violence they do is already illegal, so what’s another law, this time about the tool, gonna do?

    It’s like R-R hasn’t thought this through.

  21. avatar Sian says:

    A free society is dangerous, so the right to carry a gun is essential.


    Freedom is dangerous. that’s the point. There’s plenty of places you can go to be more safe and less free. I’ll personally pay for your ticket if you promise to not come back.

  22. avatar FortWorthColtGuy says:

    So a free society means we have less freedom?

  23. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    So here’s a conundrum for readers: Who is more ignorant, the above-named legislator, or the people who voted for him?

    1. avatar Jim Bullock says:

      Likely the voters. If he’s working a con and knows it, they’re marks.

      Don’t be a rube. It never works out well.

    2. avatar Accur81 says:

      That’s the conundrum. The intelligent, informed voter who limits government control and boondoggles is simply outnumbered by ignorant masses who vote for more free sh!t. There’s too many drinking the big government Kool Aid and more are coming every day. Plus, we don’t have universal voter ID.

      Incidentally, my son got a rude awakening. He started off a research paper which purported to say that voter ID wasn’t much of an issue, and could “disenfranchise” poor and minority voters. I told him that it was easy to fleece the system, particularly with people searches and mail in ballots. At first, he was skeptical. That was, until he discovered that he is still registered to vote out of Orange County, CA while being simultaneously registered in La Crosse, WI.

  24. avatar Ironhorse says:

    I don’t even… what?

  25. avatar NEIOWA says:

    There is place for this moron in Liberia.

    Yes libtards should voluntarily arm themselves only with pink fairy wands (and voluntarily pay an extra 50% on their taxes).

  26. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    “Everybody wants the right to carry a gun and that’s dangerous in a free society.” — South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard

    It is only dangerous if you attack an armed person. Don’t attack anyone and there is no danger.

  27. avatar Accur81 says:

    Anti gun without being particularly intelligent? Protected by armed guards? Sounds like a Democrat.

    I apologize in advance for offending the 1/2 dozen pro-gun Democrats in the US.

  28. avatar Ralph says:

    Gilliard is a union thug. I expect we’ll be hearing more from him when he’s indicted for something. Political hacks like him are always indicted for something.

  29. avatar DaveL says:

    So basically, take the wording of the 2nd Amendment, and completely reverse it.

  30. Sure homie. And I hope no gun guys vote dumbocrat. Yeah I know the other guys have Rinos aplenty but at least gun banning ain’t written into the national dumboplank…btw FIX your comment thing!

  31. avatar Geoff says:

    An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

    Robert A. Heinlein

  32. avatar signintoooften says:

    “Everybody wants the right to carry a gun and that’s dangerous in a free society.
    Especially dangerous for the serfs to be armed if you do not want a free society.

  33. avatar Jimmyjames says:

    Spoken like a true (current generation) democrat with absolutely no understanding or regard for the constitution.

  34. avatar Stoopid1 says:

    Bleh, just another politician that needs to be shot.

    1. avatar mrbadnews says:

      You sound like the kind of jackass that would kick sinners out of Church.

  35. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    It is amazing how white homosexuals and liberal blacks agree. They both say guns should be taken away from the people. And then they say the police are out to get me.
    I do not understand.
    Perhaps both groups want free stuff.
    As a black gun owner I follow the example of the Deacons For Defense and Justice.

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