Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment - And More!

I believe in and support the Second Amendment.  But, it’s about more than guns.  It’s about our freedom, and this is why Hillary Clinton must not become the next president.

Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment.

On September 24, 2015, Clinton made her views quite clear. An audio recording captured her saying, “….the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”

On April 21, 2016, Chelsea Clinton reiterated her mother’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s individual rights interpretation of the Second Amendment. Chelsea said, “It matters to me that my mom recognizes the role the Supreme Court has when it comes to gun control. With Justice Scalia on the bench, one of the few areas where the Court actually had an inconsistent record relates to gun control. Sometimes the Court upheld local and state gun control measures as being compliant with the Second Amendment, and sometimes the Court struck them down.”

Clinton and her daughter are referring to recent court cases that have determined the meaning of the Second Amendment, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. In both these cases, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, independent of service in an organized “militia,” and that the right also includes possessing a handgun at home for self-defense.  Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in Heller.  The decision of who replaces Justice Scalia is probably the most important consideration of this presidential election. Do you want the choice to be made by Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away

On October 16, 2015 in Keene, N.H., an audience member asked Clinton, “Recently Australia managed to get away, take away, tens of thousands, millions, of handguns. And in one year, they were all gone. Can we do that, and why if we can’t, why can’t we?”  This is reference to Australia’s forced ban, confiscation, and destruction of at least 640,000 registered semi-automatic and pump-action rifles and shotguns in 1996. 

Clinton replied, “I think that’s worth considering. I do not know enough detail to tell you how we would do it, or how would it work, but certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.” Do you want Hillary Clinton confiscating your guns?

Hillary Clinton attempts to hoodwink the public into believing that the gun is to blame

According to Clinton’s campaign website, “Military-style assault weapons do not belong on our streets. They are a danger to law enforcement and to our communities. Hillary will work to keep assault weapons off our streets and supports reinstating the assault weapons ban.”

The term “assault weapon” is a contrived term that she applies to all semi-automatic firearms.  Semi-automatic firearms used by criminals are branded as “assault weapons,” two words linked with fully automatic “machine guns.”   What the general public doesn’t seem to know is that automatic rifles have been banned outside of military use by the National Firearms Act of 1934.  Semi-automatic firearms have been around for over a hundred years and are owned and used by millions of law-abiding people.

The confusion about semi-automatic vs. fully-automatic firearms started when the appearance of firearms began to change in the late 1960’s.   Woods used for gun stocks became expensive, and plastics made it possible to produce replicas of wood stocks and keep costs down.  However, the color, shape, grip, and barrel shroud gave rise to the “assault weapon” and “automatic rifle” description.  This new style of gun making has come to denote criminal intent and tragedy to the uninformed.  

And, “reinstating the assault weapons ban” refers to the Federal Assault Weapons Ban signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and expired in 2004.  Since 2004, AR-15s and similar semi-automatics have become the hottest-selling rifles in America.  Will Hillary Clinton be satisfied with just a ban on the manufacture or sale of new semi-automatic rifles?  Or if that proves ineffective, will she then seek to eliminate the rifles already privately owned?

Clinton’s Background Checks

According to Clinton’s campaign website, she wants to “increase the number of gun sales subject to background checks.”  Clinton wants us to believe that “universal” background checks are sensible and not threatening, but the Obama administration has already publically stated that “universal” background checks “won’t work without requiring national gun registration.”  And, we all know what gun registration can lead to: CONFISCATION (think Australia).  

In 2013 the Obama administration and some Democrats killed a bipartisan effort to reform the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  The “NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013” would have clarified “circumstances under which a person loses the right to receive or possess firearms based on mental illness.”  The legislation would have required states and federal entities to add to NICS people who were found by a federal court to be “an imminent danger to themselves or others,” “found guilty but mentally ill in a criminal case,” or found to be “incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case.”  Unfortunately, some Democrats quietly killed the legislation in a senate committee. 

I think that Clinton’s real goal, like other anti-Second Amendment supporters, is to control, limit and prohibit gun ownership by everyone, not just criminals or the mentally ill. 

Clinton's record shows that she is NOT moderate on Gun Control

Clinton’s nearly 25-year public record of supporting extreme gun restrictions suggests she is NOT moderate on Gun Control.  The following are some examples:

In 1993, the Clinton-chaired President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform (a.k.a. HillaryCare) considered a sin tax on firearms to offset the cost of her husband’s universal healthcare plan and endorsed a suggested 25-percent tax on firearms.  She stated, “I'm all for that.”

In 2000 during her first senatorial campaign, Clinton stated, “I'm the only candidate in this race who supports federal legislation to license handgun owners and register handguns.”  She also described her gun control agenda at the Newspaper Association of America's Annual Convention which included licensing of all handgun owners, a national registry of all handgun sales or transfers, a national ballistics fingerprinting database, a ban on affordable handguns, handgun rationing, and granting the Consumer Product Safety Commission the power to regulate firearms.

In 2004, the then Senator Clinton opposed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects firearm manufacturers and dealers from liability arising from the unlawful actions of a third party.  According to Clinton’s campaign website she seeks to repeal this act if elected.

In 2014, at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference, Clinton attacked the Right-to-Carry and told the audience, “I think that we've got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime.”

Does Hillary Clinton sound “moderate” to you?

With Clinton’s history of supporting radical types of gun control, and her positions on the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court, and Australia’s gun control measures, the decision of who replaces Justice Scalia—and possibly three or more other Supreme Court justices—is probably the most important consideration of this presidential election.  The Constitution specifies that the use of firearms to defend myself is the cornerstone of my individual rights. If gun banners successfully erode this basic right, then all other individual rights will fall.

Cathy Wright

CAP Member