Baltimore County, Md., Police Chief James Johnson [see correction at the end of this post] was brought in to testify at today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. Johnson, a self-professed hunting enthusiast and gun owner, doesn’t see any reason for regular citizens to carry guns:

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre defended the Second Amendment, stating that it gives citizens the right to defend themselves against government tyranny. According to Chief Johnson, though, citizens don’t really need to defend themselves. The constitutional right to self-defense is way overrated, and people like LaPierre who believe the Second Amendment should be upheld are totally “creepy”:

Thanks, Chief Johnson, for your input. And you’re more than welcome to practice what you preach and surrender your weapons. Meanwhile, we “creepy” bitter clingers will continue to defend ourselves against tyranny, as is our right.

Editor’s note: This post originally referred to Johnson as the “Baltimore police chief.” It has been amended to reflect that he is the Baltimore County police chief. Additionally, we incorrectly reported that Johnson’s remarks were about the Second Amendment; they were in fact regarding LaPierre’s explanation of the Second Amendment. The post has been corrected to reflect that distinction. We apologize for the errors.

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