Rosie Blames Her Enemies for Recent Gun Disclosures

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

( - Rosie O'Donnell, an outspoken critic of the National Rifle Association, today hinted that the NRA and other guns-rights supporters may be behind recent disclosures that her son's bodyguard had applied for a concealed weapons permit.

It was a politically motivated stunt, she suggested on NBC's Today show Thursday. O'Donnell says the Greenwich police department released to the media the bodyguard's private gun application "in order to call me a hypocrite."

"He applied for a permit, not at my request," said O'Donnell. "He has the right as a person who's residing in Connecticut a lot of the time due to his work with me to request to carry a gun...He's an individual and he works for a security firm."

In fact, said O'Donnell, the bodyguard who spends the day parked outside her son's preschool has not been armed, and she says parents and teachers knew that. She said Greenwich police searched the man and his car, without a warrant, the day after news stories broke that he had applied for a concealed weapons permit.

"So you believe this was politically motivated?" asked Katie Couric.

"Yes, I do," said O'Donnell. "I hate to disappoint the gun lobby, but it would have been a big feather in their cap had they found an unlicensed, unregistered gun on the bodyguard of one of America's most vocal gun control advocates."

O'Donnell avoided a direct answer to the question of whether her bodyguard would now have to carry a gun, because of all the publicity.

"I think that my family's security will be discussed with the people who are hired to ensure that they are in fact safe, and we'll have to make a decision as a family based on that."

Beyond accusations that she's a hypocrite, O'Donnell said she's more outraged that reporters told the world her bodyguard was not actually armed, because it might force him to now carry a gun. "That is really not my desire," she said.

What about other parents who want to protect their children, but can't afford bodyguards to do the job for them, Couric asked O'Donnell:

"If you would like to own a gun, you're allowed to own a gun. What we who work for gun control would like to see happen is every gun licensed and registered in the United States. You have to pass a test to drive a car; you should have to pass a test to own a lethal weapon."

O'Donnell said she's not trying to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, but she seemed to suggest that the courts might someday do just that: "The Second Amendment has been interpreted by the Supreme Court to be regarding a well-regulated militia -- that the Second Amendment refers to a well-regulated militia, the Supreme Court has continually upheld this. And it never, ever was interpreted that the Second Amendment meant individual's right to bear arms," said O'Donnell.

In fact, O'Donnell is wrong. The NRA points to a number of "landmark cases" in which the US Supreme court has consistently recognized "the right to keep and bear arms" as a fundamental, individual right.

Furthermore, the phrase "a well-regulated militia" comes straight from the Second Amendment, not from any Supreme Court interpretation.

O'Donnell said she does not own a gun or have one in her home. But she admitted armed bodyguards do patrol her property: "There have been times, yes, when there has been -- only since April 21, when I became a vocal gun control advocate - there have been times when I have had armed people at my house, not inside my house, outside my house, to make sure that no one who's not supposed to get in the house, get in the house."

O'Donnell said she wants to see guns regulated as a consumer product, the same way the Consumer Product Safety Commission monitors the safety of toys and other products.