Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that may members of the National Rifle Association reject his gun control proposals because they have “dumb” ideas about the meaning of the Second Amendment.

“There are reasonable limitations,” Schumer said yesterday on Meet the Press. “And some in the pro gun movement and the NRA in many instances doesn’t believe in any limitation at all. That is not unconstitutional. That just is dumb.”

It doesn’t take a constitutional scholar to see that, at a minimum, Schumer failed to take former President Bill Clinton’s recent advice about how to win the gun control debate.

“Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” Clinton said on Saturday.