Mark Cuban’s Second Amendment Air Ball ~ VIDEO

Opinion By Larry Keane
Editor’s Note: This column was published in Townhall.com, Thursday, May 30, 2019, and is reprinted here with permission.

Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban might be a billionaire entrepreneur, NBA team owner and celebrity investor with a television show. But a constitutional scholar on the Second Amendment, he’s not. Image: Courtesy Sharknado via NSSF

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Mark Cuban might be a billionaire entrepreneur, NBA team owner and celebrity investor with a television show. But a constitutional scholar, he’s not.

It’s time to call foul on Cuban’s latest foray into the gun rights debate. He offered to “update” the Second Amendment. What he really offered was lower the hoop to six feet so gun controllers could finally dunk. Cuban’s proposed changes include:

  • Every American has the right to own a gun.
  • The federal government can’t seize your guns.
  • States reserve the right to “manage” gun[rights], including purchase, ownership and management – whatever that means.

That’s not an update to the Second Amendment. That’s a wholesale dismantling of an essential American right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment expressly protects the pre-existing individual rights of all Americans to keep and bear arms. Those rights – yes, two rights – don’t end at a state’s borders. Cuban’s ideas, though, aren’t surprising given his history of appeasement toward gun control demands.

(skip to the 35min time stamp in the video below.)

Cuban’s Scorecard

Cuban’s backed White House candidates who expressly campaigned on gun control platforms. Cuban said in 2016 he wanted to see fellow billionaire and anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg run for the presidential nomination.

“We know his policies from his time as mayor of New York. We know where he stands on guns, we know where he stands on other issues,” Cuban said in an interview on “The Rita Cosby Show.” “The question’s going to be is he too meek? When I say meek, I mean just force of voice. Can he shout loud enough?”

That’s not equivocating. We know exactly where Bloomberg stands on guns and that he funds Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, both groups that want to eradicate gun rights.

It wasn’t just a billionaire’s club for which Cuban had a gun control affinity. He also backed Hillary Clinton, who campaigned on a promise to reinstate a ban on modern sporting rifles, standard capacity magazines and advocated for the repeal of the bipartisan Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. That last piece would have allowed victims of criminal acts to sue firearms manufacturers instead of holding criminals accountable for their criminal actions. It’s akin to suing Ford for drunk driving deaths.

Cuban Likes Rules, Just Not for Him

Still, Cuban’s latest lob isn’t a big surprise. He’s got a history of making half-hearted pronouncements that give the appearance of respecting gun rights. On closer examination, though, he’s exposing his elitist billionaire hubris. Essentially, it’s okay for him and his family to be protected by guns, but everyone else’s family can only do so if you pass a test, get certified, register with the state and follow whatever “management” definition he’s espousing today.

Cuban talked “gun safety” with anti-gun CNN host Piers Morgan in 2014. They talked “gun safety” because “gun control” would have been too honest. Cuban explained for his basketball players he instituted a set of rules when it came to guns.

Cuban’s Team Rule for Gun Use

  • Follow the state law.
  • No traveling to another state with your gun.
  • Register the gun.
  • If you are going somewhere you think you need a gun, then don’t go there.

He didn’t make these statements off the cuff. He thought about them because he echoed them again in another Piers Morgan interview, but took it a step further.

Cuban’s Gun Test Muster

“I think if you own a gun, you need to be registered and pass tests,” Morgan explained. “I’m a believer that if they only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, so we ought to give the good guys registration, make them fill out forms, make them pass tests. Then you give them a white hat because no one’s going to mess with a good guy with a gun with a white hat in public. Seriously, it’s absolutely ridiculous to take a gun out in public because you think you might protect yourself.”

Got that? That’s registration of law-abiding citizens, not the criminal.

First, constitutional scholar Cuban should know Texas doesn’t require firearms registration. Second, while we encourage training for all firearms owners, the Second Amendment clearly states Cuban’s musings, and application of his business policies for his team expanded to the public, is unconstitutional.

The right to keep and bear arms extends beyond the home. The late Justice Antonin Scalia stated as much in the landmark 2008 Heller decision, that bearing arms meant carrying guns, not just keeping the home. It’s also why the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in the forthcoming New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York case urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn New York City’s law against traveling with firearms.

Topping off his laughable suggestions is Cuban “white hat” comment. Concealed carriers carry concealed because they don’t want to draw attention. It’s a quiet presence that doesn’t intend to draw the ire of criminals or the general public alike.

Stick to the business of basketball, Cuban. Your take on the Second Amendment is a double dribble.


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KK
KK
2 years ago

Time to bring back 90% marginal tax rates on the super-rich along with 90% wealth tax. If they want to take away my rights, I am all for taxing them into the poor house.

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago

If Cuban was half as smart as he thinks he is , he would be a genius. Now he is just one of the lucky ones that stumbled on something that made him rich even though his IQ is probably room temperature.

Charles
Charles
2 years ago

What do his security people think about this?

Peter
Peter
2 years ago

Money can’t buy Love! Money cannot buy freedom!! Not our freedom anyways
Not all the money in the world!!!!

Bruce Dzamba
Bruce Dzamba
2 years ago

Cuban has a right to his opinion just like everyone has an AH!

Dan
Dan
2 years ago

He is just another coup plotting treason loving democrat, let’s put him on the end of a rope with the rest of them.

Core
Core
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Agreed. He’s part of the globalist dream team.

james
james
2 years ago

A gun, not more then a gun, Feds will not take my gun but state and local police will.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  james

Stick to predicting lottery numbers; you will have better luck.

Chuckbone56
Chuckbone56
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@superdud, Bet ur momma told u u were special every day didnt she? Ur comments r like a fish trying to ride a bike. Moron

Country Boy
Country Boy
2 years ago

“I think if you want to become a US Politician, you need to be registered and pass tests,” “I’m a believer that if the only way to stop a bad politician is with/by a good citizen, so we ought to give all the politicians registration, make them fill out forms, make them many pass tests. Then you give them a white hat so no one’s messes with a good politician with a white hat in public. ” We need 10 white hats now.

I like my politician registration idea better.

Scott J Hammond
Scott J Hammond
2 years ago
Reply to  Country Boy

I think to become a politician, you need to, 1st be a US citezen, 2nd study the US government, 3rd study Americanism Vs. Communism, Socialism, ect. and NOT be a member or associatated with some foreign or radical group.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago

Like THAT is going to happen. Any other delusions?

RotaryConnected
RotaryConnected
2 years ago
Reply to  Country Boy

He should register as an enemy of the state.

Le
Le
2 years ago

AGAIN, money does not make a politician! He sells a company for a profit, invests wisely…
Obviously, a Lefty or he could see messing with the Constitution in ANY way is NOT a good idea. WE THE PEOPLE like it as it is and has worked for more than 200 yrs/232.
To me, it is like messing with the Ten Commandments!

Charles Moore
Charles Moore
2 years ago
Reply to  Le

Preachers teach people to “mess with” and disregard the 10 Commandments EVERY SUNDAY. (Might want to read #4 in its’ entirety. The main/only thing that the UNCHANGING God said was/is HOLY to Him.)

m.
m.
2 years ago

go back to running your felon-ball business

Huapakechi
Huapakechi
2 years ago

These meddlesome liberals spend so much thought(?) and effort to “fix” a situation that they have created by their inept efforts to “adjust” the framework and laws of this nation to better suit their ideals. A relevant observation: The recent slaughter of a dozen and wounding of four more people in Virginia only illustrates the idiocy of a “gun free” policy. These people were helpless to fight back against ONE deranged individual, and the first responders had to locate the shooter by listening for his shooting additional victims. When seconds count, the police are minute away. At least they did… Read more »

Mack The Knife
Mack The Knife
2 years ago

The common factor between Cuban, Blomberg and Buffet is the people that run their organizations. Very money smart people. The difference between Buffet and Cuban and Blomberg is that Buffet has learned to keep his mouth shut. Money does not buy brains; if you have by luck of the draw came into large sums of money and any sense at all, it buys people.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Mack The Knife

the Knife, What you astutely point out in your comment is the best reason to have a military draft, which I am generally against.

RayJN
RayJN
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

I long ago came to the conclusion if you need a draft you shouldn’t have a war. Since that would never happen, they should not have lowered the voting age to 18 they should have raised the draft age to 21. Now 18 year olds are legally adults, but can’t drink or buy a handgun. But still be drafted and be ordered to use machine guns, grenades, and all manner of “destructive devices”

Wayne in CT
Wayne in CT
2 years ago
Reply to  RayJN

The difference here is that those 18 year olds in the service have been trained to use a weapon correctly, everyone around them knows also. No one has taught the 18 in school to think on their own, but with enough of the stupid ones voting bad things happen.

Roy D.
Roy D.
2 years ago
Reply to  Wayne in CT

Thanks for the laugh. You have no clue.

Native Son
Native Son
2 years ago

Cuban brings his Northeastern Priorities with him. He needs to know that this kind of thought and action are not appreciated in his Adopted State of Texas.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  Native Son

‘If I owned Texas and Hell I would rent out Texas and live in Hell’ – General William Tecumseh Sherman. ‘Nuff said.

Mark Koernke
Mark Koernke
2 years ago

The moneyed mouth pieces always want YOU to register at THEIR whim…..PISS ON THAT ROYALIST BASTARD! These turds all have guards and guns at their beck and call. You, as a peasant, should be “managed” by the royalists lackeys and flunkeys. PISS ON THE WHOLE LOT. Vote with your wallet and buy more ammo. Liberty1775 http://www.libertytreeradio.4mg.com

nate
nate
2 years ago

Cuban should be more concerned about his all his allegations against women in Dallas Maverick office. Cuban is not crap. If crap could take a crap, thats what he would be.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago

Larry Keane, You are right Cuban, is no Constitutional scholar.

jean-marc evrard
jean-marc evrard
2 years ago

If it was suggested that criminals had to register as criminals and get a crime permit the left and the aclu would go crazy with rants about how unjust and illegal it was, but doing the same to law abiding citizens seems perfectly fair to them, bunch of hypocrite wackadoos !!

Charles Moore
Charles Moore
2 years ago

It has already BEEN ruled that registration laws and “obeying” gun laws would violation a criminals’ rights under the 5th Amendment, so what’s the need for any “laws?”