Former Reagan Budget Director Attacks Second Amendment ‘From the Right’

By Fred Lucas | April 16, 2013 | 3:55 PM EDT

David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s director of Office of Management and Budget (AP Photo)

( - David Stockman, a former Republican House member from Michigan before he served as President Ronald Reagan’s director of Office of Management and Budget during the first term, attacked the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms “from the right.”

Appearing on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Stockman even agreed with the liberal host that at least this part of the Bill of Rights was BS.

“I’m so sorry, but this is the problem with the gun debate, is that it’s a constant center-right debate,” Maher said. “There's no left in this debate. Everyone on the left is so afraid to say what should be said, which is the Second Amendment is bull----. Why doesn't anyone go at the core of it?”

Stockman was joined on the panel by Democratic campaign consultant Stephanie Cutter and sports broadcaster Bob Costas. Neither Cutter nor Costas volunteered to agree with Maher on trashing the Bill of Rights.

But Stockman spoke up.

“What if someone said that from the right?” Stockman said in agreement. “Here’s the thing, it’s a huge philosophical debate. I detest big government, but I would note that since 1787, the world has moved along.”

“People who believe in liberty like I do, we’re up against a 21st Century state equip with drones, satellites in the sky watching everything we do,” Stockman continued, before moving to the part of the Bill of Rights he liked.

“Why would you believe an 18th Century citizen militia equipped with muskets has anything to do with liberty? It doesn’t. The only way that we protect liberty is with the ballot box. And the real shield for liberty in America is the First Amendment: freedom of speech, freedom to organize, freedom to assemble. That’s how we get liberty, not with guns,” he added.