Hillary can’t bring herself to say that personal gun possession is a constitutional right
Hillary Clinton made an appearance on ABC’s This Week yesterday, and host George Stephanopoulos teed one up for her to hit out of the park.
Washington Free Beacon:
Republican rival Donald Trump has charged that Clinton wants to abolish the amendment. While Stephanopoulos said he knew that wasn’t true, he pressed her on her gun views that have increasingly gone to the left.
“Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right, that it’s not linked to service in a militia?” he asked.
“I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulations,” she said. “So I believe we can have common-sense gun safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment.”
Clinton then went into her gun control platform, but Stephanopoulos hit her for dodging his question, noting the D.C. vs. Heller decision that protected an individual’s right to have a firearm for lawful purposes.
“And the Heller decision also does say there can be some restrictions, but that’s not what I asked,” he said. “I said, do you believe that their conclusion that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?”
“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations, and what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms,” Clinton said.
She added it was “important to recognize” that responsible gun-owners have a right, but “the rest of the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regulatory, responsible actions to protect everyone else.”
I’m sure Stephanopoulos thought he was doing his old boss a favor by giving her the opportunity to refute Trump’s claims about her stance on guns. Instead, she froze like a side of beef in a Kansas City meat locker and couldn’t bring herself to acknowledge the inherent right of every American to own a gun.
And what’s with this idea that the regulations she says are “reasonable” are about “gun safety”? Universal registration is not about gun safety, and neither is banning the sale of certain firearms. These regulations are about control, and they are hardly “reasonable.”
Do you think Clinton’s idea of “reasonable regulation” of the First Amendment would be the same as yours? How about the Fourth Amendment? How “reasonable” do you think she’d be about protecting personal property?
To propose reasonable regulations, you must be a reasonable person. Hillary Clinton is anything but.