While Democratic Presidential Hopeful Hillary Clinton has always talked a good game on the Second Amendment, her actions have again shown where she really stands.
In the latest move by her campaign, Clinton hired Scott Hogan, Minnesota state director of the Michael Bloomberg-funded gun-ban group Everytown for Gun Safety, to manage her Minnesota campaign.
Fact is, whether or not she even understands the Second Amendment, Clinton disdains and distrusts that freedom. For proof, just look at a few of Clinton’s statements, positions and votes over the years.
In 1999, in remarks to the National Education Association, Clinton said, “It does not make sense for us at this point in our history to turn our backs on the reality that there are too many guns. ...”
Not “too many criminals.” Not “too few prosecutions.” Just “too many guns.”
So: What does she plan to do about “too many guns”? Ban them, of course. As Clinton vowed in a Democratic primary debate in 2008, “I will also work to reinstate the assault weapons ban”—a position she reiterated as recently as last year.
Last June, Clinton even went so far as to slur gun owners as dangerous extremists when she said, “We cannot let a minority of people—and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people—hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
If Clinton plans to ban semi-automatic firearms, how would she find them to confiscate them? She knows, as every gun-grabbing government has known for more than a century, that gun registration is the key to gun confiscation.
Gun registration lists have paved the way for gun confiscation in Australia, Bermuda, Cuba, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica and Soviet Georgia—and from New York City to California.
So it’s no surprise that Clinton is on record favoring gun registration and owner licensing since before her husband left the White House. Now her public position has taken another turn: She has backed off from admitting she supports national gun registration, turning instead to the focus group-tested, “new and improved” anti-gun scheme of “universal” background checks.
But as even President Barack Obama’s own Justice Department has admitted, the effectiveness of “universal” checks depends on “requiring gun registration.”
Illustration by Gary Locke