It is no secret the the Democratic presidential nominee stands in open opposition to gun-rights. Yet a leaked audio file from a speech made by Hillary Clinton is stirring up gun owners and defenders of the Second Amendment.
In a recent speech given to a sympathetic crowd of supporters, an emboldened Clinton set out her intentions to reinstate bans on “assault weapons” and made it clear that she feels the Supreme Court’s interpretation of gun laws is wrong.
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The speech was given at a private fundraiser in New York last week. The speech marks the first time during this election cycle that Clinton has openly challenged the Supreme Court. The candid nature of her remarks, which were not given publicly, is stirring up those who have heard the leaked audio.
“I was proud when my husband took [the National Rifle Association] on, and we were able to ban assault weapons, but he had to put a sunset on so 10 years later. Of course [President George W.] Bush wouldn’t agree to reinstate them,” said Clinton.
“We’ve got to go after this,” she continued. “And here again, the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”
She may well get to make that case. If elected, she will be responsible for instating at least one Supreme Court judge, and possibly more.
Her comments in the audio leak address open-carry, but her attack on the court is more likely in reference to the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, a ruling which made the handgun ban in Washington, D.C., unconstitutional.
Heller overturned the District of Columbia’s total ban on private ownership of handguns. The case created a precedent that has been cited in all federal court rulings related to Second Amendment cases since.
It is yet to be seen when Clinton will make these intentions part of her party’s platform.