Senator-to-Be Tim Scott: ‘Our Second Amendment Right is a Fundamental Freedom’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | December 17, 2012 | 12:46 PM EST

Rep. Tim Scott (R.-S.C.) (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Tim Scott (R.), whom South Carolina Gov. Nikke Haley has said she will appoint to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate, has been an opponent of Obamacare's sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate, and a defender of traditional marriage, the right to life, and the Second Amendment.

“The Constitution grants all law-abiding Americans the right to bear arms, regardless of what some would lead you to believe,” Scott says in a statement posted on his congressional website. “Our Second Amendment right is a fundamental freedom and a cornerstone of our democracy.

"As Americans, we have the right to defend ourselves, our families and our property, and the federal government should never interfere with this right,” says Scott.

“I remain steadfast in my commitment to uphold our Second Amendment rights,” he says.

“I regard all life as sacred, and am proud of our values and traditions,” Scott says in another statement on his congressional website. “For this reason I will remain steadfast in my commitment to protect the unborn and continue to take a stand in defending traditional and religious values.

“I cosponsored two pro-life bills which have now passed the House of Representatives, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and the Protect Life Act,” says Scott.

“I also support traditional marriage, and spoke out against the president’s decision to no longer allow the Department of Justice to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court,” said Scott. “I absolutely believe in keeping the institution of marriage as one solely between a man and woman. We must not allow the government to distort the meaning of marriage and instead, focus on building stronger families across America.”

In March, Scott wrote a blog for The Hill, criticizing the Obamacare regulation that will force Catholics and Catholic institutions to buy health-care plans that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients and thus violate the teachings of the Catholic faith.

“This is not a Catholic issue or a Republican issue. It is an issue that strikes to the heart of our nation,” wrote Scott.

“The first clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion,” Scott wrote. “Not the second clause or the third amendment--but the first clause of the First Amendment. It was clearly an important issue for our founding fathers.”

“And while some on the left have tried to frame this as a birth control issue, it is not that at all. It is, quite simply a matter of ignoring the rights granted to us all by the Constitution,” said Scott. “Our nation was founded by those who believed in faith and freedom. Too often, Americans who are proud of their faith and the values it instills find themselves under attack. Government should be protecting our right to religious freedom, not assaulting it.”

Scott has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge, in which he vowed to the Americans people that he would oppose any effort to increase the marginal income tax rates on individual or businesses and would oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits unless matched by cuts in other taxes.

Scott also was a co-sponsor of the Cut, Cap and Balance bill, which would have conditioned an increase in the debt limit on Congress approving and sending to the states for ratification a balanced budget amendment that restricted federal spending as a percentage of GDP and required two-thirds votes in both houses of Congress to approve a tax increase.

In 2011, Scott sponsored the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, which would have restricted the National Labor Relations Board from preventing businesses from moving their production from non-right-to-work states to right-to-work states.

At a July 26, 2011 press conference hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, described Scott's bill as "an extension of the right-wing extremists" elected to the House in 2010.

"H.R. 2587, introduced by Rep. Tim Scott, is nothing more than an extension of the right-wing extremists that were swept into office last November. Many of them in this Congress," said Schaitberger.

Scott's opponent in the November election, Democratic candidate Bobbie Rose, said Scott ignored women's issues. The Island Packet newspaper of Hilton Head reported on Sept. 30:"In a 20-minute speech, Rose took several shots at Scott and his voting record on women's issues such as abortion. 'My opponent has so consistently ignored us that I don't even know if he's aware that women have the right to vote,' Rose said."

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