It’s no secret that Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is not a big supporter of Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Even so, to hear her response to a direct question about whether the right to bears arms is a constitutional right sends fresh chills up one’s spine.Via Washington Examiner:
Hillary Clinton declined to say during an interview Sunday whether she believes the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Constitution.“Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right, that it’s not linked to service in a militia?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked the Democratic presidential front-runner.
“I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice [Antonin] Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulations,” Clinton responded.
She added, “So I believe we can have common-sense gun safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment.”Shockingly, Hillary’s buddy George actually pressed her to answer the direct question, rather than letting her off with equivocating Clintonese.
“But that’s not what I asked,” Stephanopoulos interjected. “I said, do you believe that their conclusion that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?”
“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations, and what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms,” Clinton said, declining a second time to answer the question directly.The former secretary of state suggested gun owners do have a right, but claimed “the rest of the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regulatory, responsible actions to protect everyone else.”
Wow. Her equivocation — as “if” there is a debate about what is actually written in the Constitution — reveals just how in jeopardy the very Second Amendment right would be if, God forbid, Hillary Clinton were to win the White House. We would fear not just for her own executive orders, following in the path President Obama has paved, but also for the likely multiple Supreme Court nominees the next president will make.And if the Second Amendment, according to Hillary Clinton, may or may not be a constitutional right — despite being defined specifically in the Constitution — what does that mean for the other rights?
Notice too, how in typical leftist fashion, Hillary uses a fundamental constitutional right as an opportunity to divide Americans, into “gun owners” and the “rest of the American public.” Have we really gotten to the point where the Constitution — which protects these sacred rights for all Americans, regardless of whether they choose at any given time to exercise them — as a tool to further divide us?
Once again, we are reminded of the gravity of this presidential election, and the importance of each of us standing up against the tyranny of the left. And that means none of us who value our republic can afford to stay home on election day. No matter what.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]