Friday, July 10, 2015
Hillary Clinton: 'We Have To Take On The Gun Lobby'
Breitbart -- In what the Washington Post describes as marking "an important evolution in presidential politics," Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is now openly declaring that she will "take on the gun lobby" and push for stricter gun control laws.
In Hanover, N.H. last Friday, Clinton said to the gathered students and Democrat supporters that it was time to go after the NRA:
"We have to take on the gun lobby one more time," she said. "At the very least, we need to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, people with serious mental challenges, terrorists, all of whom now are perfectly free to go and find a gun somewhere. This is a controversial issue, I am well aware of that. But I think it is the height of irresponsibility not to talk about it. So I will talk about it."
She repeated the call for an aggressive gun control push in Iowa City Tuesday, announcing, "I’m going to speak out against the uncontrollable use of guns in our country because I believe we can do better."
As WaPo notes, for decades Democratic presidential candidates have avoided open calls for restricting 2nd Amendment rights "for fear of alienating firearms owners." Even Barack Obama declined to say much on the issue in both of his campaigns, particularly after his disparaging "cling to guns or religion" comment came to light during his 2008 campaign.
But now, apparently feeling pressure from her far-left Democratic competition, socialist Bernie Sanders, Clinton is attempting to win over more of her leftist base by going after guns, something on which Clinton has "a more progressive record."
The NRA has responded to Clinton's declaration of war on the gun lobby by pointing to the Clintons' own past failures.
"We’ve been down this road before with the Clintons," said a spokesman of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. "She needs to read her husband's book."
LaPierre's reference is to a passage in Bill Clinton's memoir My Life, which suggested that Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential election in part because of backlash in pro-gun states over his administration's temporary ban on assault weapons in 1995.
Blog Author's Comments - Clinton has been protected by the Secret Service for decades. Is it any coincidence that the people trying the hardest to take our guns away always seem to be surrounded by them? Whenever there is a shooting the finger is always pointed at the NRA.
With her comments Hillary is also alienating some of her leftist supporters who also own guns, so her comments work to the advantage of the Republican Party. Is Clinton really that out of touch? Any person who believes gun control is the issue needs help. Criminals do not care how many new gun laws are passed because they are breaking them. I just hope that she never lives in the White House again.