Originally appeared in the February 2008 print issue of America’s 1st Freedom magazine, but seems appropriate again in today’s political climate.
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton mocks the nation’s 80 million gun owners when she says, “I support the Second Amendment.”
That cynical pronouncement fits the scripted instructions of former Clinton administration anti-gun activists who preach that to get elected, so-called “progressives” must cloak themselves in Second Amendment rhetoric while pursuing their unchanged anti-gun rights agendas. And it attempts to hide her deep commitment to disarmament of the American people.
Clinton’s scripted, empty embrace of the Second Amendment came in an Oct. 23 Des Moines (Iowa) Register article which she loopholed with, “But I also believe in smart laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.”
Second Amendment Supporter? Look at her record, and you will understand what she means by “smart laws.” As Bill Clinton’s self-proclaimed co-president, and later as the junior U.S. senator from New York, she has been an outspoken radical activist for licensing and registration—and for all manner of gun bans. Meanwhile, she has vigorously opposed state Right-to-Carry laws.
As a “progressive” senator, she ranks among the handful of the worst “F”-rated gun banners who voted to support the kind of gunpoint disarmament that marked New Orleans’ rogue police actions against law-abiding gun owners in the anarchistic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Hillary’s wink-and-nod lip service to the Second Amendment is a crude calculation that follows the script written by two former long-time, gun-ban political operatives, Jim Kessler and Jonathan Cowan.
Mrs. Clinton, who is considering running for the Senate from New York, where gun control is popular, has also been more forceful than the president in directly taking on the powerful gun lobby ...To understand the “new” Hillary on gun control, gun owners need to revisit Kessler’s and Cowan’s dialectic where the dictionary terms that automatically connote a threat for gun owners have been altered and softened. Words change, but the actual threats remain the same. As with politicians, the mainstream media is also following their playbook.
It Takes A Dictionary Bankrolled by dot-com billionaire Andrew McKelvey (pal of billionaire globalist George Soros), the pair—along with former Bill Clinton White House policy and PR specialist Matt Bennett—formed the phony gun-ban front-group Americans for Gun Safety, which has now been transformed into something called the “Third Way.” Their aim was to hide all manner of gun control under a sticky coating of “gun safety” sugar. In fact, after extensive polling, they discovered that the American voter had had enough with gun control, and they urged their fellow travelers to abandon the term.
Under an instruction, “Redefine the Issue from Gun Control to Gun Safety,” they wrote that, “Gun control has become a loaded term that leads voters to believe that the candidate supports the most restrictive laws.” So instead, those candidates can go for exactly the same strictures on gun rights and get away with it if they call the restrictions “progressive gun safety laws.” Yet among those “gun safety laws”: prohibitions on private ownership of semi-autos, which the progressives would deem “assault weapons.”
Thus, Kessler’s and Cowan’s smoke-and-mirrors battle-plan—arrogantly titled, “Taking Back the Second Amendment”—says, “… progressives need not change their positions …” but simply, “change the rhetoric they employ.” (Emphasis added.)
The “blueprint” was formed around public opinion polling that also showed, “Progressives need to be aware of the near-universal support for, and interpretation of, the Second Amendment among all voters … that it confers an individual’s right to own firearms.”
Thus they tell anti-gun rights politicians: “It’s critical that progressives recognize that only an aggressive outreach strategy to gun owners will ensure that your opponent’s message about your gun record does not define your candidacy.” (Emphasis added.)
In the case of Hillary Clinton, her gun record more than defines her candidacy—and it is very bad indeed. Hiding that record is her game plan for today. If she gets away with it and takes the Oval Office, bank on Kessler, Cowan and Bennett assuming prominent policy positions in a new Clinton administration.
A Cast Of “Characters” So who are these spinmeisters?
Kessler was New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s legislative and policy director, responsible for Schumer’s leadership role in gaining enactment of the Clinton gun ban on semi-autos.
Cowan was senior advisor and chief of staff to Bill Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who in the last days of the Clinton administration was preparing to use the full resources of the federal government to sue the firearm industry into oblivion if they didn’t agree to a “Clinton” code of conduct. Had they succeeded with their extortion scheme, the result would have been court-supervised gun controls far stricter than anything the Congress at the time would ever have considered.
And if Hillary Clinton gets elected, expect to see Cuomo, who is now attorney general of New York, to be nominated to high office. If that happens, expect the federal government to become fully involved in pursuing inventive legal strategies to destroy the firearm industry. (When Cuomo unsuccessfully ran for governor of New York in 2002, Andrew McKelvey and his wife, Dena, donated $90,400 to his campaign.)
So here they are, Cowan and Kessler, scripting soothing words to cover Hillary’s anti-freedom deeds.
When Hillary Clinton embraces the Second Amendment, it is a convenient lie infested with her vision of parasitic “smart laws.” So, look at Hillary’s cynical version of her Second Amendment, not in terms of the language she employs, but in terms of what she has done and what she would do to smother the right to keep and bear arms.
In fact, it is essential—even this early in the election cycle—to make sure that people who might be swayed by new rhetoric alone understand that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is absolutely defined by her record and her record alone.
A short trip down memory lane to Hillary’s days in the White House defines exactly what she would have in store for gun owners with her “smart laws” sucking the life out of the Second Amendment. And it shows who are her allies.Mrs. Clinton said she’d work with Sen. Dianne Feinstein on her bill that would require prospective gun buyers to first obtain a gun license ...
As President Bill Clinton’s first lady, she was the self-appointed co-president. (In fact, in a recent CNN interview slip-of-the-tongue, she referred to herself becoming “president, again.”) Especially on gun control, she was a force unto herself. Perhaps The New York Times said it best when on April 8, 1999, it reported:
“Mrs. Clinton, who is considering running for the Senate from New York, where gun control is popular, has also been more forceful than the president in directly taking on the powerful gun lobby …” (Emphasis added.)
Another Times lead explained, “Missourians have narrowly voted down the nation’s first statewide ballot proposal to allow concealed weapons.” The story crowed:
“Hillary Rodham Clinton also lent her voice to the campaign against the proposition. In a recorded telephone message that backers said was mainly intended for women and was sent automatically to 75,000 homes statewide, Mrs. Clinton said of the proposition, ‘It’s just too dangerous for Missouri families.’”
That was mated with a nasty Times editorial, “A Big Loss for the NRA,” that amplified the point: “The Clinton administration, particularly Hillary Rodham Clinton, who taped an effective message pointing out the proposal’s dangers, can justly take pride in the outcome.” (Emphasis added.)
(James Jay Baker, then the head of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, rightly predicted the setback was only temporary. Missourians have since placed themselves among the majority of states in recognizing the right to carry.)
But Hillary Clinton, as a gun-ban power, did not really come into her own until the Million Mom March, scheduled for May 15, 2000, just three months after her official announcement that she was running for U.S. senator in New York—a state where she had only recently claimed residency.
As a major player in the Million Mom March, she followed another script—this one written by Soros protégé Rebecca Peters, who had come to the U.S. fresh from her triumph of forcibly disarming peaceable Australians of long guns in her native country. (Today, with hundreds of millions of dollars at her disposal as head of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), Peters is pressing for a worldwide United Nations gun-ban treaty that would trump U.S. law.)
It was through Peters that Soros bankrolled the Million Mom March. Peters had come to the United States under a Soros umbrella, hard on the heels of her successful Australia campaign under which all licensed owners of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns and pump rifles forfeited those legal firearms under threat of imprisonment. Peters called it a “buyback,” but it was, in reality, theft by government. Among the firearms Peters labeled as “weapons of war” that were destroyed were thousands of Ruger 10/22s, Browning Sweet 16 shotguns and Remington 760s.
A CNN headline from May 9, 2000, says volumes: “Hillary Clinton renews call for gun licensing and registration.”All told, hundreds of thousands of registered guns were turned in by licensed owners. Many of those licensed gun owners were compelled to watch their prized possessions torched or cut with chop saws.
The key to this horror was licensing and registration—which brings us back to Hillary Clinton.
Through her personal connection with CBS executive Donna Dees Thomases, organizer of the Million Mom March, Hillary was an insider, a key personality for that gun-ban extravaganza, which saw master of ceremonies Rosie O’Donnell spewing unforgettable hatred against NRA.
The Washington Times reported that Hillary Clinton met with march leaders at the White House “to plot strategy.”
For those who don’t remember, Dees Thomases, characterized in the media hype as an ordinary housewife and mom, was anything but that. She was personal publicist for CBS anchor Dan Rather and for David Letterman, for whom she arranged a Hillary appearance. She was also the sister-in-law of Hillary’s best friend, closest confidant and personal criminal lawyer in the Whitewater scandal, Susan Thomases.
In a New York Times May 10, 2000, pre-march story, headlined, “Mrs. Clinton Backs Gun-Control Initiatives,” Hillary indirectly mocked NRA: “Many will argue that we don’t need sensible gun control, and that these measures undermine the rights of gun owners.”
In the same breath, she said, “The moms who are marching in Washington this Sunday have it right: we have to license and register all handguns.” (Emphasis added.)
The Times elaborated:
“Under the other proposals supported by Mrs. Clinton, prospective gun buyers would have to obtain a photo license, which would be issued only after they had undergone a criminal record check and passed a gun safety examination. Also, all sales of new guns, or transfers of guns, would be recorded in a national registry.”
In demanding registration and licensing for America’s 80 million gun owners, Hillary was indeed following a script dictated by Rebecca Peters.
In her book, Looking for a Few Good Moms, Donna Dees Thomases called Rebecca Peters “their fairy godmother,” and detailed Peters’ agenda:
“Rebecca was trying to unite the gun-control movement around a single piece of legislation, a bill that would require the licensing of handgun owners and the registration of all handguns …
“To hear Rebecca explain it, without licensing and registration, all of the other laws proposed … were difficult to enforce.”
Those “other laws” are presumably the ones in Peters’ Australia.
And according to Dees Thomases, registration and licensing were the deal breakers. No such demands … no Soros money.
Whether Hillary met directly with Peters is something hidden in Clinton White House records. But for certain, Peters, with control of Soros’ money, set the agenda for the Million Mom March. She wrote the script, demanded the agenda and Hillary followed it to a “T.”
Hillary’s embrace of registration and licensing was a large issue in her first campaign for the U.S. Senate. A CNN headline from May 9, 2000, says volumes: “Hillary Clinton renews call for gun licensing and registration.”
“If elected to the Senate, Mrs. Clinton said she’d work with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on her bill that would require prospective gun buyers to first obtain a gun license ... and a safety course exam. The bill would also establish a national registry to record all gun sales.
“Mrs. Clinton also announced her support for the creation of a ‘ballistic database’ for all new guns, requiring gun makers or sellers to fire guns before sale and send that ‘ballistic fingerprint’ to law enforcement.”
The first lady, the article added, also sought measures to raise the youth handgun ban from age 18 to 21, to limit gun sales to one per month per adult and to have the Consumer Products Safety Commission regulate guns.
All this set the stage for Hillary Clinton’s aggressive gun-ban advocacy as a real public official—a record that more than earned her a most solid NRA “F” rating among the core leadership of the gun banners in the U.S. Senate.
And it opened the doors to an even cozier and questionable relationship with her soon-to-be benefactor, billionaire George Soros.
On her pre-Senate record alone, Hillary Clinton’s newfound embrace of the Second Amendment fits in perfectly with a recent characterization by her former political friend, Hollywood mogul David Geffen, who said she and husband Bill Clinton “lie … with such ease, it’s disturbing.”