The debate about the Second Amendment is alive and well in Alabama's U.S. Senate race.

Earlier this month, comments from U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Durant from 2011 resurfaced about his views on how disarming some U.S. cities would be a "good step" toward law and order.

Durant has since clarified those remarks and insists he is a strong advocate of the Second Amendment.

Durant's opponent, former Business Council of Alabama head Katie Britt, appeared on Mobile radio's FM Talk 106.5 on Tuesday and explained her position on the Second Amendment.

Britt told listeners she viewed the Second Amendment as a mechanism to protect against government tyranny.

"As you know, many Alabamians are proud to exercise their Second Amendment rights, and I am one of them," she said. "Many times, people discuss hunting and self-defense. Those things are very important. But the purpose of the Second Amendment, Jeff, is obviously to protect our citizens against tyranny of the government. Armed citizens are empowered citizens. You can look across our history, even at the current rate, and we know how important it is to make sure that our citizenry is armed and that Second Amendment is not infringed upon.

"When you look at the Second Amendment, and you look at what it says, 'shall not be infringed,' and I believe that wholeheartedly. If you look at what's happening right now with the Biden administration, obviously, you've got a lot of people out there that want to be gun-grabbers. This is a way they intend to govern through fear and control. And I think we have to continue to stand up and stand firm for all of our rights, but, in particular, that Second Amendment."

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