The more we hear from Lee Bright, the far-right Tea Party candidate challenging Sen. Lindsay Graham in the Republican primary, the more absurd and frightening he sounds. In an interview with Alan Colmes, he said that teachers should be allowed to carry machine guns to school:
COLMES: So [teachers] shouldn’t have machine guns?
BRIGHT: I would think a teacher protecting a school grounds should be able to carry whatever she can carry legally.
COLMES: So should machine guns be legal to carry?
BRIGHT: The Second Amendment is pretty clear. It says the right to carry arms should not be infringed. […]
COLMES: So you should be able to have any gun you want?
BRIGHT: Well, I don’t see how the government can regulate it.
That position puts him considerably more extreme than Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas and the other conservatives on the Supreme Court. In Scalia’s opinion in Heller v DC, which upheld the 2nd Amendment as an individual right to bear arms, he clearly says:
Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.
That opinion was joined by all five conservative justices on the court. If you find yourself to the right of Clarence Thomas, you’re about as far out on the fringe as you can possibly be.