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Hillary Clinton: Pro Gun People Are Terrorists, Not Entitled to Viewpoint

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Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Hillary Clinton hasn’t said that she’s running for the Democrat Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but lately she’s been going out of her way to make sure that gun owners know what a Hillary presidency would be like for them.

On Monday, during an interview on CNN Newsroom, Mrs. Clinton made clear that at age 66, she still hasn’t outgrown the zealotry of her youth. With anger characteristic of the political fringe, Mrs. Clinton said of gun control opponents, “We cannot let a minority of people–and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people–hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”

Mrs. Clinton was asked by a member of CNN’s TV studio audience “. . . as it pertains to school shootings. Do you think that reinstating the ban on assault weapons and banning high capacity magazines would do any good?” Mrs. Clinton responded “Yes, I do. I do.” As she went on, she twice confused semi-automatic firearms with “automatic” weapons.

Mrs. Clinton also said that she was “disappointed that Congress didn’t pass universal background checks in 2013.” Being that we hold the First Amendment in higher regard than Mrs. Clinton, we’ll say she’s entitled to her “viewpoint.”

The facts, however, show that “universal” checks wouldn’t stop the exceedingly rare mass murderer, as acknowledged by nationally-recognized criminologist James Alan Fox in his Top 10 myths about mass shootings.

Further, reports by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (see p. 13), FBI (see p. 1)and BATFE (see p. 18) show that “universal” checks would not be “universal,” because most criminals obtain guns through theft, black market transactions and straw purchases. Even a Department of Justice memorandumto President Obama in January 2013 opined that the effectiveness of “universal” checks would depend on reducing straw purchases.

Universal” checks would constitute a step in the direction of national registration of all gun sales. The same Department of Justice memorandum noted above counseled that the effectiveness of “universal” checks would further depend on “requiring gun registration.” Indeed, legislation to retain records on approved firearm-related NICS background checks has previously been introduced in Congress.

It’s unclear what Mrs. Clinton hoped to accomplish with her comments on CNN. Some have suggested those remarks–preceded by her earlier statement that gun ownership is something “way out of balance,” which “we’ve got to rein in”–suggest she doesn’t intend to run for president.

In addition, recent polls show that Mrs. Clinton’s characterization of gun control opponents as a “minority” is out of touch with reality. A Gallup poll in January found that only 31% of Americans want stricter gun laws. Similarly, a Rasmussen Reportsnational phone survey in March found “just 40% of likely U.S. voters now think the United States needs stricter gun control laws, down nine points from last May and the lowest level of support for stricter laws since February 2012.”

Nevertheless, gun control activists have been aggressively pushing the opposite narrative over the last 18 months. They encourage candidates who support gun control to believe that they have the advantage in the wake of the horrible crime at Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Thus, Clinton may be among the “true believers” who have convinced themselves that their time in history has come. She may actually agree that inflammatory statements against supporters of the right to keep and bear arms will increase her chances of victory on Election Day and accelerate what she considers an inevitable victory over freedom.

Underestimating one’s opponent is a classic mistake that can lead to defeat. We therefore can only hope that Mrs. Clinton has adopted the profound self-delusion of gun control’s ascendency and will continue expressing her contempt for Second Amendment rights and their supporters. While she may have forgotten the lessons of history, pro-freedom voters will remind her of her remarks at the ballot box should she run.

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  • 11 User comments to “Hillary Clinton: Pro Gun People Are Terrorists, Not Entitled to Viewpoint”

    1. El Bearsidente on June 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM said:

      Here’s a funny fact. Austria has very lenient gun laws, probably the most lenient in the EU (which the EU, of course, hates.)

      Some estimates speak of 10+ million firearms in private hands. Most of those are so called Category C & D weapons (bolt action rifles, double barrel shotguns, stuff like that) and don’t require a permit. The only thing you need for those is to be of legal age.

      Category B weapons are all handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Semi-automatic rifles have become popular, a lot. They Steyr AUG leads the popularity list (I would say primarily because thousands of young Austrian men learn how to handle it every year) but on the ranges one can see an increasing number of AR15 variants as well. Most of those come from Germany (Oberland Arms and Hera Arms), but there are many made in the US as well.

      That being said, so called “high capacity” magazines are perfectly legal, too. Austrian law doesn’t see standard mags in AUGs or Glocks as “high capacity” anyway. But if you want a 100 round drum for your AUG, that is 100% legal, and not restricted.

      It is possible to get automatic weapons as well, but those are Category A and are usually banned for most people. However, there are several thousand permits for Cat A firearms in Austria.

      There is technically no limit to how many firearms you want to own. Weapons that require a permit card must be registered, of course, but that card can be extended as often as you like. Cat C and D weapons, as I said, don’t require even that under Austrian law. EU regulation demands registry with the new EU firearms registry, but most people ignore it. There is no logic reason for that EU registry, other than adding more red tape and harass legal owners under the thing premise of fighting crime. The commissioner pushing for it, Malmström, is known to be close to anti-gun nuts like (Sh)amnesty international, and those lunatics claim that legal owners sell their firearms to criminals in large numbers. There is zero evidence for this claim.

      In fact, crime statistics in Austria show that the legal firearm is the least used tool for violent crime (around 4%.) The illegal firearm (most models used are smuggled in from Eastern Europe anyway) is the second least used too (~5%.) Knives are the most used tool. What a surprise. Not.

      Plus, despite the massive amount of firearms there has never been a single spree shooting in Austria. Not a single one. Which clearly proves, without a doubt, that the amount and availability of firearms is not the cause of the problem.

    2. FSHNT21 on June 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM said:

      What Hillary and the rest of the Left fails to recognize and conveniently leaves out of the equation is this:
      The VAST majority of all gun violence is committed by Democrats or their offspring. Checking voter registrations and removing guns from the hands of Democrats will do FAR more to end gun violence than universal background checks EVER could.
      Remember, simply registering as a Democrat CONFIRMS an individual is mentally unstable and should not possess a firearm…

    3. Marinevet on June 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM said:

      In the first place. Gun owners are not a minority. They are one hell of a lot more people than the homosexual minority that you are completely happy with. You even make special laws for those perverts. Then call yourself tolerant of others. But omg if it is a gun it might jump out and shoot you. You have no tolerance for those of us that choose to protect ourselves and our families with firearms. Of any kind we so choose. To bad you are ok with the gang bangers having them. Liberal judges catch and release them every day. Uphold the laws as they are.

    4. @FSHNT21 – Careful there, your comments might be construed as being ‘racist’!

    5. Robert Lockman on June 23, 2014 at 8:22 PM said:

      This worn out hag and her wanna be stud husband need to get rid if all their “Required armed bodyguards” before criticizeing guns. Then two antigun people would no longer exist, I really like what the above person says about restricting sale of guns to democrats, makes perfect sense to me.
      Hillary has run her course, go away, Pleaseeeee

    6. jim james on June 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM said:

      as she and obama feed the world with guns,rockets and explosives .they want to take ours away so they can protect themselves from honest working people who love the USA and want it back like it was just 7 years ago

    7. Construed as racist ? Too funny ! Who really gives a damn anymore ! Thats the liberals ace in the hole when everything else fails,…”you’re a racist” ! Next us gun owners will be racists too, hell Billary already says we’re terrorists !

    8. Gene Clifford on June 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM said:

      I certainly hope that Hillary’s remarks end up being the stumbling block to her candida
      cy.

    9. Smitty6398 on June 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM said:

      ARKANSAS (Bills home state) is turning RED at an amazing rate. Without knowing who the GOP contender will be in 2016, I’d be willing to bet she DOES NOT carry the vote here

    10. BHirsh on June 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM said:

      Screw this elitist, and every other progressive, too.

    11. Hillary thinks informatory speech against pro 2A supports will increase her chances to win in 2016? What a fool. Obviously she doesn’t know how many gun owners there are in the U.S, plus their families. She is a socialists who wants to continue the ideology of the current administration.

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