updated 2/22/2013 9:17:55 PM ET 2013-02-23T02:17:55

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert says the Second Amendment is important because it can protect the U.S. from a takeover by Sharia law.

When you were a child, your teachers may have told you that it’s always good to ask questions. Heaven only knows what Louie Gohmert’s teachers told him.

Is President Obama attempting to create a second Ottoman empire in the United States? Could the tragic mass shooting in Aurora have been put to a stop early on if more movie-goers had brought guns to the theater that night? Could it be that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, was helping members of the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrate the government?

Far-right Texas Congressman Gohmert has asked all those questions in the last few years, and also supplied the answers (which are “Yes,” in case you hadn’t guessed).

Now, what if he asked whether the Second Amendment effectively provides protection from the threat of an Islamic caliphate in the United States? He in fact did raise that rhetorical question on Thursday on “Voice of America,” an internet radio program.  “We’ve got some people who think Sharia Law should be the law of the land, forget the Constitution,” he said. “But the guns are there… to make sure all of the rest of the Amendments are followed,” Gohmert explained.

Check out the Hardball Sideshow for further bulletins from the world of far-right paranoia. Here’s a sample:  the state of Montana is set to consider a bill that would allow county sheriffs to decide which federal laws can be enforced.

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    >>> the "sideshow." earlier this week we found out why some republicans were asking whether chuck hagel had ties to a secretive group called friends of hamas. what started as a sarcastic joke by a daily news reporter snowballed into a serious feature on a right wing website and caught on from there. here is steve colbert .

    >> friends of hamas is even worse than it sounds because this organization is so sinister that it doesn't even exist. the fact that these organizations don't exist only make it is more suspicious that chalk hagel has been tied to them. what else is he hiding that hasn't happened? is he a member of the al qaeda kids club ? what about the muslim brotherhood or the muslim sisterhood of the traveling pants ? what are his ties to the dead poet's society and why are they dead? did they know too much about benghazi? president obama , you must withdraw hagel 's nomination or you will lose the support of every moderate republican , another group that doesn't exist.

    >> after all that brouhaha it looks like hagel now has enough votes in the senate to actually get confirmed next week.

    >>> next we welcome back texas republican louis gohmert . the congressman is yet again sounding the conspiracy alarm bell . so take a guess, is it about the government coming to take your guns away or another warning that sharia law is taking over right here in the u.s. of a? no need to pick. here is gohmert on the second amendment and sharia.

    >> it is for our protection and the funders' quotes make that very, very clear and including against a government that would run amuck , you know. we've got some people that think sharia law ought to be the law of the land , forget the constitution. but the guns are there, that second amendment is there to mick sure all of the rest of the amendments are followed.

    >> okay. let's parse that. who have you ever heard of on any medium or in person thinks sharia law ought to be the law of the land . what is he talking about? nobody. secondly, is it really true that the second amendment, the right to bear arms, ensures our freedom of speech and religion and all the rest? i don't think so. i think the american people ensure those rights. anyway.

    >>> neck, full fication with a twist. a montana gun lobbyist is proposing a new sheriff's first bill which would allow county sheriffs to pick and choose which federal laws they wanted to enforce in their state. if a federal agent arrests someone without stopping in at the sheriff's office first, that agent would be arrested and charged with kidnapping the person they arrested. as gary mar bid told mother jones , the alcohol and tobacco federation might say that we have probable cause to believe that we have this person in the our county who is making firearms who ut a license and the sheriff might say, well, gosh, under the montana firearms freedom act , that's protected activity in montana , so you don't have my permission for this bust. well, this nullification type proposal was cleared by a vote by the state's republican-led house judiciary committee just this week.

    >>> finally, who do you think really has got the short end of the stick when it comes to the looming spending cuts that are set to hit on march 1st ? well, consider the guy who is coordinating 800,000 defense department layoffs that will happen as a result. and that would be pentagon comptroller robert hale taking it in strit he told "the washington post ." look when i walk doul the hall, people still wave but with fewer fingers. isn't he nice.

    >>> up next, republican governors are reversing course and em braying the barack obama maek plan. the latest to do was one of obama care's latest critics, that sweetheart down in florida, governor rick scott who know likes. and the man scott replaced as governor joins us here, charlie chris crist. you've watching "hardball" the place


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