By Tim Dunkin In a recent interview, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and current Republican presidential contender Herman Cain was asked about the issue of gun control. The first part of his answer was great â€” he stated that he opposed gun control, supported the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms, and so forth. However, the second part of his answer to this question bothered me quite a bit. Cain said that he believes that while the federal government cannot infringe on our 2nd amendment rights, the states nevertheless have the right to do so. Essentially, the states can regulate and even ban certain types of firearms if they so choose. While I appreciate Cain's appeal to federalism â€” an oft-forgotten and ignored principle in our government today â€” I find his application of the principle in this case to be incorrect.
Now, I like Herman Cain. Out of the many candidates stepping forward to throw their hats into the ring for a chance to unseat the Worst President Ever in November 2012, Herman Cain has been pretty high on my list. Obviously he, like every other candidate, has some imperfections. However, he is unapologetically pro-life and pro-marriage, he's solid on the fiscal issues, and he genuinely seems to look to the Constitution for the answers to political questions, unlike the vast majority of our politicians today. Up to this point, what he's been saying has been great.
However, I think he's wrong on his understanding of federalism in this particular instance.