Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has long been wishy-washy on her gun policies. One of the key issues for many Americans is the right to bear arms. And Americans don’t appreciate it when a candidate – especially a presidential candidate – makes any reference to limiting the Second Amendment.
The moderator for the event, Chris Wallace, broached the topic of the Second Amendment. Clinton, as she has done during her entire campaign, provided false information or just plainly went off on an uneducated tangent. This debate was no different.
Clinton stated that she has “long” supported the Second Amendment, she also believes “there can be, and there must be reasonable regulation.”
She said, “I want people who shouldn’t have guns not to be able to threaten you, kill you or members of your family,” she continued. “When I think about what we need to do, we have 33,000 people a year who die from guns. I think we need comprehensive background checks, we need to close the online loophole, close the gun show loophole.”
“There are other matters that I think are sensible that are the kind of reforms that would make a difference that are not in any way conflicting with the Second Amendment,” Clinton added. “You mentioned the [District of Columbia V.] Heller decision, and what I was saying that you referenced, Chris, was that I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case.”
“What the District of Columbia was trying to do was protect toddlers from guns,” she elaborated. “They wanted people with guns to safely store them, and the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation, but they’ve accepted many other, and I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the Second Amendment.”
Yes, none of us want toddlers to have access to guns. But that’s the responsibility of parents – not the courts. If Clinton is elected, all Americans will have to hold tight to their guns. Let’s hope we never face that possibility.