Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has launched a series of attacks on gun rights that Law Shield members should note.
Law Shield generally doesn’t make recommendations for or against political candidates, but when those candidates make statements about their intentions regarding gun-ownership rights, we want to ensure the membership is informed.
At a New Hampshire Town Hall last week, Hillary Clinton said that gun confiscation is something “worth looking at.” Discussing the firearms confiscation program in Australia, Clinton admitted she would consider implementing such a system in America.
Clinton made the comments during a campaign stop in Keene, N.H. A prospective voter asked her, “Recently, Australia managed to get away, or take away tens of thousands, millions, of handguns. In one year, they were all gone. Can we do that? If we can’t, why can’t we?”
The question referred to Australia’s 1996 and 2003 buy-back programs that collected roughly 700,000 banned semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.
Mrs. Clinton responded, “I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged.”
Chris Cox, executive director of The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said, “This validates what the NRA has said all along. The real goal of gun control supporters is gun confiscation. Hillary Clinton, echoing President Obama’s recent remarks on the same issue, made that very clear.”
Earlier, at a private gathering from which an audio recording of Clinton speaking was leaked, she stated her belief that the Supreme Court wrongly held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to self-defense. In her own words: “…the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”
“I want to push hard to get more sensible restraints,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Today” show, during an interview with Savannah Guthrie in Hollis, New Hampshire. At the time, the candidate rolled out plans for major new gun restrictions. “I want to work with Congress, but I will look at ways as President.”
In that interview, Ms. Clinton said that as President, she would work to pass legislation making gun manufacturers financially liable for the misuse of their products.
She also suggested that as President, she would issue an Executive Order that would create a presidentially-written and mandated definition of occasional sales and gifts so as to require background checks for all gun transfers — a requirement Congress has repeatedly rejected.
Currently, people who occasionally sell their firearms (private sales) or give guns as gifts are exempt from conducting background checks. Clinton’s suggested EO would define occasional sales and gifts to require background checks for all gun transfers.
A Pew Poll this year found that 73 percent of Democrats think it’s more important to control guns than to protect gun rights. Law Shield reported on the pro-gun shift in public opinion in that poll here, but to see the political breakdowns, click here to download the entire Pew report.