For years, Democrats have been lying to Americans. “No, of course we won’t take your guns!” they say. The latest iteration of this lie came last week courtesy of President Obama, who told a gun shop owner, “First of all, the notion that I or Hillary or Democrats or whoever you want to choose are hell-bent on taking away folks’ guns is just not true. And I don’t care how many times the NRA says it.”
Well, that’s not true.
On This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Hillary was asked about the Second Amendment. Stephanopoulos asked, “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?” Hillary answered, “I think that for most of our history there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment…”
That would be a “no,” gang.
She then added, “If it is a constitutional right,” she eventually said, “then it – like every other constitutional right – is subject to reasonable regulations.”
But that isn’t the question. First off, there’s no “if” to the Second Amendment. It exists. It applies personally, and always did. Only completely Constitutional ignoramuses would argue that the “militia” clause makes gun ownership dependent on membership in an organized police force.
But second, the question of “reasonable regulation” is a Constitutional one. There’s no definition of “reasonable” that says Hillary gets to define the boundaries of gun ownership, any more than “reasonable regulations” of the First Amendment allow Hillary to define the First Amendment. And her regulations would indeed end in destruction of gun rights:
I’m going to continue to speak out for comprehensive background checks, closing the “gun show loophole,” closing the “online loophole,” closing the so-called “Charleston loophole,” reversing the bill that Senator Sanders voted for and I voted against, giving immunity from liability to gun makers and sellers.
Comprehensive background checks require a database of gun ownership. There is no “online loophole” – if you buy a gun legally, you must be checked federally by a licensed firearm dealer upon pickup. And Hillary’s notion that gun makers should be sued for making functional firearms is asinine – akin to saying that car manufacturers should be sued every time somebody plows their car into a pedestrian. That would effectively bankrupt the car business. Hillary plans to bankrupt the gun industry.
Hillary doesn’t believe in a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. She couches it in terms of “regulating” that right, but then won’t even say the right exists. She wants to reverse Justice Scalia’s decision in D.C. v. Heller, which simply stated that individuals do in fact have such a right.
Of course she’s coming after our guns. There’s a reason she has consistently cited gun confiscation in England and Australia as a model.
When Obama said to the gun shop owner that gun sales have skyrocketed under his tenure, and that obviously he can’t be anti-gun, that’s a misnomer: they’ve skyrocketed because people fear that he’ll confiscate guns. That fear is justified under both Obama and Clinton. Watch for gun sales and prices to skyrocket in short order.