Clinton Refuses to Say Second Amendment Protects Individual Right

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- On ABC’s This Week show last Sunday, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton twice refused to say whether she believes the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms.

Clinton had previously said that she disagrees with the Supreme Court’s “terrible” ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, but that she doesn’t want to “abolish” the Second Amendment. Apparently seeking to clarify Clinton’s position on the question, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said to her, “I want to ask you a specific question. 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?”

It was a question Clinton should easily have been able to answer “yes” or “no.” After all, the Supreme Court found it easy to do so in Heller. In that case, the District had argued that an individual had a right to keep and bear arms only when performing duties in the service of a state militia. Four justices agreed. Five justices didn’t, saying instead that the amendment protects an individual right irrespective of a person’s militia status.

Clinton didn’t want to answer the question, though. With her chance at the presidency on the line, Clinton is afraid of telling the voters that she doesn’t want the Second Amendment interpreted as protecting an individual right to keep and bear arms, and that if she were elected president, her nominees to the Supreme Court would vote to overturn Heller and reinterpret the Second Amendment as protecting no individual right whatsoever.

So, Clinton said, “there was no argument until [Heller] that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulation.” It was an evasive answer that would satisfied some TV journalists, but unfortunately for Clinton, Stephanopoulos had done his homework.

He pointed out that Heller didn’t forbid all restrictions on firearms, “but that’s not what I asked.” Stephanopoulos repeated his previous question: “Do you believe that [the court’s] conclusion that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?”

Clinton’s response: “If it’s 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. . . .”

Stephanopoulos could have asked Clinton where the Constitution recognizes any “right” of a government to restrict rights, where anyone has tried to use the Heller decision to expand the right to arms beyond what the Framers of the Bill of Rights envisioned, and whether she would like for a future Supreme Court to overturn Heller’s ruling that the right to arms is unrelated to militia service.

On the other hand, it’s possible that Stephanopoulos realized that no further questions were required. Clinton has made her position on the Second Amendment clear.

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Eric

Coming from an armed Sheriff your a scared ass pig. I live in a State where firearms out number people. Always going to have stupid people , evil people . Teaching anything other than self defense and evasion is making sheep for slaughter. Especially by our oppressive U.S. socialist fascist government. You want to talk about insane how about he DRUNK off duty COP that ran me over , screwing my legs and back for life. Drunk drivers kill thousands ,alcohol kills about 88k a year, even worse is medical malpractice. They estimate 200k-440k people are killed by bad doctors.… Read more »

Donnie H.

You people are brain dead. I’m a deputy Sheriff and former 16 year vet, USAF CSAR. And more weapons in a country where guns already outnumber people is not the answer. Not voting against a bill that would have prevented a terrorist from legally buying the weapons he used in this massacre might have helped. But no, thanks to Republicans and the NRA, that bill was voted down. Because according to that thinking, even terrorists should be allowed to own guns in this country. Then we can be like the old wild west where it was a utopia and no… Read more »

Eric

Your a traitor to the Constitution and a coward with a badge . Self defense is OUR RIGHT . No due process , no appeal on lists , show me where it is ok in the Constitution , traitor . All coming from someone that has arms and body armor from taxpayers. Typical cop He has a gun . shoot , , we’ll just say we feared for our life. Drunk off duty cop ran me over got 6 hours in jail. 30 years later I am still living with chronic pain. 88k deaths from alcohol , 200k-440k deaths from… Read more »

Eric

Of course she wont say that , because she won’t say police are not there to stop a gunman you are . You are the only chance of making yourself survive. Fight back , evade ,just don’t be a sheep watching yourself get killed. Carry a fireman 75% of the time and help take a criminal out of the system that the democrats feel rehabilitates criminals.

TEX

Does anyone really give a damn what the bull dyke thinks about anything ? I don’t,do you ?