In an interview on Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC, Hillary Clinton refused to agree that the U.S. Constitution guarantees an individual right to bear arms—twice.
Host George Stephanopoulos asked Clinton, “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?”
But Clinton dissembled: “I think that for most of our history there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by 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.”
Stephanopoulos: “But that’s not what I asked. I said, ‘Do you believe their conclusion that the right to bear arms is a constitutional right?’”
Clinton: “If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations.” So in her view, it may not be a right; if it is, she wants to restrict it.
Clinton Also Calls San Bernardino Terrorist Attack “Gun Violence”
At a campaign stop at CSU San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton characterized the December 2015 attacks, in which two radical Muslims murdered 14 co-workers at a company Christmas party just 10 miles away, as “gun violence.”
“You here in this beautiful city know the horrors, the losses from gun violence are just unimaginable,” pronounced Clinton, vowing to take on “the gun lobby.”
Blaming terrorism on NRA wasn’t enough for Clinton, who went on to exploit the recent murder/suicide on the gun-free zone that is the UCLA campus: “It’s happening more often now. Something needs to be done.”
For Clinton and Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety who recently endorsed her, every terrorist act, gang murder, suicide and justifiable homicide by police or citizen is “gun violence.” Equating cops and citizens who are forced to shoot armed criminals with radical terrorists and criminally insane murderers gives gun owners a clue to what life would be like during four to eight years of a Clinton presidency.
Will Couric’s “Under The Gun” Crew Wind Up Under Arrest?
We’ve reported how some “creative” editing in Katie Couric’s pseudo-documentary “Under the Gun” wound up backfiring in a big way. While Couric issued a statement admitting the editing process was “misleading,” she stopped short of admitting what she’d essentially done was lie.
But according to a video obtained by Ammoland, she won’t be able to postpone that admission much longer. In it, director Stephanie Soechtig admits sending a Colorado producer to Arizona, where he “was able to buy [four firearms] without a background check in a matter of four hours. And that’s perfectly legal.”
Nope. Federal law prohibits purchasing a gun across state lines without going through a FFL in the buyer’s home state—that’s four felonies. If he bought the firearms for Soechtig, you can add four felony straw purchaser violations. (If it was more of a collaborative effort, there may be even more, as both Soechtig and the producer could be subject to conspiracy charges.)
While the extent of the crew’s law breaking will come out in time, we think it’s safe to say that eight seconds of silence might soon be the least of Couric’s worries.
Chicago Violence Continues, NYT Jumps Into Fray
Chicago’s deadly year—which included another 39 wounded, seven fatally, this past weekend—has garnered interest from The New York Times. The publication is promising to follow the violence throughout the year and began with an article titled, “A Weekend in Chicago: Where Gunfire is a Terrifying Norm.”
Should one glance only at the title, you might assume that citizens are dodging bullets at the same rate that they’re hailing taxis—putting their lives in peril every time they step onto the streets. Only deep into the piece does it reveal that most shootings are gang-related and occur in predominantly poor neighborhoods.
This NYT effort is less an effort about dissecting a problem and finding a solution than it is about promoting an anti-gun agenda. Sample quote: “I hate the person that invented guns.”
Note to the NYT: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
A Good Guy With A Gun Can Be A ‘Superhero’
“We know that the next call could be the one that changes your life. It could be the next thing that ends your life.”
That’s what policeman Maj. David Huff told CNN, referring to a fateful June day in 2013 when the Midwest City Police Department in Oklahoma received calls from a Walmart grocery store, where a man had taken a little girl hostage.
Huff and other detectives raced to the scene to find Sammie Wallace holding a knife to 2-year-old Zoey Keating. After half an hour, the situation deteriorated as Wallace began a 60-second countdown to end Zoey’s life, and Huff realized he couldn’t wait any longer. He moved quickly behind Zoey and fired a single shot into Wallace’s head, saving the girl’s life and earning the Medal of Valor.
“There is a lot of tough stuff to deal with. Taking someone else’s life,” said Huff. But to Zoey, he will always be a “superhero.”
Texas Concealed Carrier Stops Armed Robbery
In yet another example of what Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action says “never happens,” a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun trying to rob him in Texas.
According to local media reports, the intended robbery victim was confronted by two men—one of them with a gun—in a Beaumont, Texas, parking lot last Thursday. Unbeknownst to the robbers, however, the victim had a concealed handgun and a license to carry it. He grabbed his handgun and fired several shots, hitting the armed robber and causing the other to quickly flee the scene.
The wounded armed robber was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital. Police are still trying to identify the other attempted robbery suspect.