Save The Second Amendment By Saving The Senate

posted on November 4, 2016

Do you live in one of the 34 states electing U.S. senators this year

If so, your failure to vote on Election Day could be the straw that breaks the back of Second Amendment freedom in America. Or yours could be the vote that saves our right to keep and bear arms.

The only thing more important than preserving a pro-Second Amendment majority in the U.S. Senate on Election Day is defeating Hillary Clinton.

Because if Hillary Clinton wins the White House next Tuesday, the only thing that can stop her from gutting the Second Amendment is a pro-freedom U.S. Senate. 

Without a pro-gun Senate to stop her, Clinton could, within weeks of taking office:

  • Appoint the one justice needed to win an anti-gun majority on the U.S. Supreme Court;
  • Ratify the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, making your freedoms subject to global “approval”;
  • Stack federal courts with anti-gun judges at the service of a Hillary Clinton Justice Department; and
  • Fill a federal bureaucracy that’s already been transformed by eight years of Barack Obama appointments with Clinton henchmen and political operatives to weaponize everything from the IRS to the ESA to tax, harass, nanny-state, regulate and run your right to keep and bear arms to the ground.

As you know, the U.S. Senate controls who is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Since one of the first things the next president will do is nominate a justice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia—and since the Supreme Court is now deadlocked 4-to-4 on your individual right to keep and bear arms—whoever wins the Senate next Tuesday effectively gets to tip the balance, either for or against the Second Amendment, on the Supreme Court for years to come. 

And the fact is, our pro-gun majority in the U.S. Senate is already razor-thin.

So consider what’s at stake if Clinton wins the White House. 

Clinton has already publicly stated that “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.” 

Since then, she’s tried to backpedal from those remarks. But when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked her whether she believed the right to keep and bear arms is an “individual right,” Clinton sidestepped the question. Repeatedly.… whoever wins the Senate next Tuesday effectively gets to tip the balance, either for or against the Second Amendment, on the Supreme Court for years to come.

At the last presidential debate, Clinton tried to defend her indefensible remarks, claiming that the D.C. gun ban—which the Supreme Court overturned with its 2008 decision in D.C. v. Heller—was “to protect toddlers from guns.” 

That Clinton deflection was as dishonest as the day is long. Heller had nothing to do with “toddlers,” or so-called “safe storage” laws or anything else. It hinged on your right to own a gun in your own home. 

Which means the only explanation for Clinton’s statement that “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment” is that she believes the Court was wrong to rule, as it did in Heller, that the right to keep and bear arms protects an individual right to own a gun in your own home to defend yourself.

That was the core of the case. It was the first time the Court ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right. 

Clinton obviously agrees with the four Supreme Court dissenters in the Heller and McDonald v. Chicago cases that the Second Amendment protects only the power of the states to assemble militias. 

And if Clinton wins the White House, and we lose our pro-gun majority in the U.S. Senate, you can bet the first thing Clinton will do is nominate an anti-gun justice to replace Justice Scalia ... her anti-gun allies in the Senate will rubber-stamp her nomination ... the Supreme Court will overturn the Second Amendment as your individual right—which is exactly what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said she would like to do—and then there’s no gun control that won’t pass constitutional muster. 

Cities like Washington, D.C.; Chicago; New York; and who-knows-where-else will again ban firearms.

States like California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York—and who knows where else—will impose more gun bans, more magazine bans and every kind of restriction they can come up with. 

The right to carry will have its constitutional foundation bulldozed right out from under it. The floodgates will be opened for gun control for a generation or more. 

After all, if you have no individual right to own a gun, even in your own home to protect yourself and your family, then the Second Amendment really means nothing. 

And remember—that’s just in the opening days of a Clinton administration. In four or eight years, Clinton will likely get to appoint two, three or even more justices to the highest court in the land for life

The right to carry will have its constitutional foundation bulldozed right out from under it.But that’s just the beginning. As you know, the U.S. Senate also ratifies international treaties. 

Right now, at the United Nations, the Arms Trade Treaty—which could subject American gun owners to international gun registration, monitoring and global gun-control “norms” that would be defined on the fly—is just waiting, like unexploded ordnance, for an anti-gun U.S. Senate to call it in. 

Under President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry signed onto the Arms Trade Treaty. All the treaty needs to become the law of the land is for the U.S. Senate to ratify it. 

Other treaties await as well, like the so-called Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Material—or CIFTA Treaty for short. 

Like the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, the CIFTA treaty could impose international controls and monitoring of firearm and ammunition possession on U.S. gun owners, even domestically

Some of CIFTA’s provisions are so broadly written that they could ban ammunition reloading unless you have some international license at who-knows-what-cost, overseen and approved by who-knows-what global authority, and subject to amendment and revocation at any time. 

Make no mistake: With an anti-gun U.S. Senate majority to rubber-stamp, ratify, approve and applaud every one of her anti-gun judicial appointments; international agreements; and all the commissioners, regulators and countless cronies and minions throughout the federal bureaucracy, the damage Hillary Clinton could do to your right to keep and bear arms would be historic, unprecedented and nigh irreversible—at least in your lifetime or mine. 

In other words, the U.S. Senate is the last thing that can either save—or surrender—Second Amendment freedom from a Clinton presidency. 

So if you live in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington or Wisconsin, it is time to take action.


Find out where your U.S. Senate candidates stand on your most fundamental rights. Then, on Election Day next Tuesday, vote to save your right to defend yourself and your family by voting to SAVE A PRO-GUN U.S. SENATE! To learn whether your Senate candidates support or oppose the right to keep and bear arms, click here.


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