By Don McDougall
United States -(AmmoLand.com)- For the first time in American history, the leading candidate for the Democrat party is running on a platform that would prohibit the private ownership [or outright confiscation] of firearms.
How can this be? Where before the 2nd Amendment was a bipartisan issue, with nuanced degrees of interpretation, now one of the political parties wants it destroyed!
The simple fact is there are no longer any moderate Democrats. When I was a kid, registered gun owning Democrats were 45% of the electorate. That number is now less than 30%. One recent study showed it as low as 26%. This number will continue to decline as the last few gun owners are chased out of the Democrat party. Hillary can never go too far to the left to win her party’s nomination because all the moderate and more conservative Democrats are no more. If she wins the nomination, I’ll guarantee you’ll hear her talking about how she will respect the 2nd Amendment in her new laws.
Here’s the problem with that. As a candidate, Hillary has already stated that the 2nd Amendment does not apply to you and me. She has been vocal in that Heller, and McDonald were wrongly adjudicated and should be overturned. While we could fight that battle again, it is her support to allow civil suits against gun dealers and manufacturers, if their guns are used in a crime, that will spell the demise of freedom and the second amendment. No need for a defective product or an error in design. Forget that the Federal Government has to approve all new gun sales through the background check system.
Imagine if this was applied to a car! You blow a tire on a rainy night and hit another car with your Prius. Well, then the manufacturer and the dealer where you bought the car would be held responsible as well as you.
Their liberal logic is perplexing. In Santa Barbara, Elliot Rodgers loses what little of his mind he has left and stabs three people to death, then uses his car as his primary weapon in killing three more & wounding 12…and it is treated as a gun crime? His knife and the car did most of the damage, but I guess it's a matter of never letting a good tragedy go to waste. Now if Hillary has her way, the gun manufacturer and sellers would be responsible. Never mind that he passed his background checks, and that his family tried to involve the police early to prevent this tragedy.
Why are the car manufacturers , auto dealerships and knife retailers exempt, while the gun dealer and manufacturer are forced out of business?
This is GREAT news for the trial lawyers who are funding Hillary's campaign. Trial lawyers have given almost $8 million to Hillary since last year alone. For gun owners, this legal assault will end our ability to buy or sell a gun and put all manufacturers and gun stores or ranges out of business. That, after all, IS their goal. When this “Legislation by Litigation” was originally started back in the 2000’s by womanizer Eliot Spitzer, the then AG for New York, he bragged that he would use it to bankrupt every gun maker in the country!
Following the Heller and McDonald Decisions, Hillary was vocal: “… the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.” As for gun dealers and manufactures, she blamed them for mass shooting and said, “Let's put the gun makers and sellers on notice that they're not going to get away with it.”
Putting this in plain English, according to Hillary, “There is no individual right to own a gun.” And unlike ANY OTHER product in the US, “the manufacturer is liable for how a criminal uses their product.”
This is Hillary Clinton’s position on guns and gun ownership. The changing face of the Democrat party means there is no middle to be concerned about. Bill Clinton’s tactic of “Triangulation” is no more, there is no center to shift to. There is only the 26% that is far to the left, and that sees the Constitution as nothing more than “A piece of paper.”
So what can you do? You’ve registered to vote, you joined the NRA, you read AmmoLand and other pro-gun sites to keep up with the news. What more can you do? Next week I’ll outline the three things you can do.
We have one chance at this…ONE!
If we lose, our country will be irrevocably changed.
About Don McDougall:
Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he’s not at the range you will find him setting the record straight on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.