Clinton Takes Aim At The Second Amendment

- May 20, 2016

Today, As Thousands Of Americans Attend The NRA's Annual Meeting, We Are Reminded Of Clinton's Horrible Record On Gun Control And Her Commitment To Wreak Havoc On The Second Amendment


  • Today, pro-Second amendment Americans will attend the NRA's annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • In contrast to meeting attendees, Clinton has a long record of supporting measures to limit the Second Amendment.
  • She has made gun control a major platform of her 2016 campaign and has used the issue to get to the left of self-avowed socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • Not only does Clinton support strictly regulating the second amendment, but she has launched an attack on the NRA, using inflammatory language to connect the organization to terrorism.


Today, The National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting Kicks Off In Louisville, Kentucky. (NRA Annual Meeting. Accessed 5/16/16)


Clinton Has Made Gun Control Part Of Her "Political Identity"

The Daily Beast's Jackie Kucinich: Gun Control Is A Part Of Clinton's "Political Identity" Stretching Back Decades. "But for Clinton, gun control has been a significant part of her political identity. She's been working to regulate the firearms industry for decades, and had a front row seat the last time a president actually managed to pass any gun-control measure." (Jackie Kucinich, "Hillary Clinton Really Is Coming For Your Guns," The Daily Beast, 8/29/15)

Kucinich: "Hillary Clinton Has Long Pushed To Regulate Access To Guns." "Hillary Clinton has long pushed to regulate access to guns. In her Friday speech, she pledged her presidency would be no different." (Jackie Kucinich, "Hillary Clinton Really Is Coming For Your Guns," The Daily Beast, 8/29/15)

Clinton Has A Long Record Supporting Aggressive Measures To Expand Gun Control

In 2015, Clinton Said Australia's Gun Buyback Program Is "Worth Considering." "Hillary Clinton says a gun buyback program similar to the one Australia implemented in 1996 is 'worth considering' in the United States… 'The Australian government, as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of automatic weapons, offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns, and then they basically clamped down going forward in terms of having, you know, more of a background-check approach, more of a permitting approach,' Clinton said." (Bradford Richardson, "Hillary: Australia-Style Gun Control 'Worth Looking At,'" The Hill, 10/16/15)

In 2014, Clinton Called Current Gun Laws "Way Out Of Balance" And Said The Right To Bear Arms Needs To Be "Reined In." "'I think again we're way out of balance. We've got to rein in what has become almost an article of faith that almost anybody can have a gun anywhere at any time. And I don't believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people,' she said." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Hillary Clinton: Gun Laws Are 'Way Out Of Balance,'" National Journal, 5/6/14)

Clinton Condemned States Passing Laws Allowing Individuals To Carry Firearms In More Public Spaces. "Instead, Clinton condemned the new trend in states to allow gun owners to carry firearms in almost any public place, the most notable recent example being a law passed in Georgia which allows guns to be carried into bars, churches and government buildings." (Ben Jacobs, "Hillary Clinton Picks A Fight With The NRA," The Daily Beast, 5/7/14)

In 2009, Clinton's State Department Said They Were "Committed To Actively Pursuing A Strong And Robust [Arms] Treaty." "Conventional arms transfers are a crucial national security concern for the United States, and we have always supported effective action to control the international transfer of arms… The United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons." (U.S. State Department, "U.S. Support For The Arms Trade Treaty," Press Release, 10/14/09)

In 2006, Clinton Was One Of Just Sixteen Senators That Voted Against An Amendment That Barred The Use Of Funds In A Homeland Security Appropriations Bill To Seize Firearms Due To The Declaration Of A State Of Emergency. "Vitter, R-La., amendment no. 4615 that would bar the use of funds in the bill to seize firearms due to the declaration of a state of emergency." (H.R. 5441, Roll Call Vote #202: Adopted 84-16: R 55-0; D 28-16; I 1-0, 7/13/06, Clinton Voted Nay)

In September 1993, Clinton Told Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ) That She Was "All For" A 25% Tax On Gun Sales. SEN. BILL BRADLEY (D-NJ): "And if we simply put a 25 percent sales tax on the sale of the gun and raise the dealers' fees from 30 to 75 to $2,500, we'd raise $600 million. That would be a tax directly on the purveyors of violence in terms of the sales of the means of violence. Now, what is your opinion on the tobacco tax, how high do you think it'll be, and what is the increase in the dealers' fee - how do you react to that, and how do you react to a 25 percent sales tax on handguns and on automatic weapons?" FIRST LADY HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, senator, with respect to the tobacco tax, we agree with you that tobacco should be taxed as part of this package, and largely for health reasons, and particularly to try to deter smoking among young people. And we're, you know, still trying to make sure that we know exactly how much revenue we will need, but the tax will be between 75 cents and a dollar additional to what is already the federal tax. Speaking personally - and that's all I can do with respect to your second proposal - I'm all for that. I just don't know what else we're going to do to try to figure out how to get some handle on this violence . And one of my best friends, a woman I've gone to school with since grade school who is a full-time homemaker, has three children in a suburb of Chicago, is just outraged because a gun dealer has opened a store in a strip mall across the street from the local high school. And the parents -- mothers like her -- have picketed, they have tried to talk with this person, they've even tried to find alternative places for him to go so that he could still be in business, and he's just absolutely pleased as he can be to be in a gunshop across the street from the high school. He thinks it will increase his trade remarkably. And I share my friend's outrage, you know. She's somebody who is not political and doesn't march or picket, but there's just something wrong when it's that easy to sell guns to high school students after school. And this is a suburb, and we know what happens now in every part of our country with that kind of availability of weapons in the hands of teenagers. And I know Senator Chafee has been concerned about this issue for a long time, and it has to be addressed. And we will look at your proposal and be happy to talk with you about it. I'm speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Committee On Finance, U.S. Senate, Testimony, 9/30/93)

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Clinton Frequently Takes On The NRA By Name, Using Extreme Rhetoric, Like Connecting The Organization And Pro-Second Amendment Americans To Terrorism

In August 2014, Clinton Called Defenders Of The Second Amendment "Extremists." "Citing the death this week of a gun instructor in Arizona who was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old girl: 'We need a concerted public effort to rein in the extremists on gun control.'" (Rachael King, "Hillary Clinton Talks Tech In San Francisco," The Wall Street Journal, 8/28/14)

During A 2014 Town Hall, Clinton Said The NRA And Gun Advocates "Hold A View Point That Terrorizes" Americans. CLINTON: "I don't think any parent, any person should have to fear about their child going to school or going to college because someone, for whatever reason, psychological, emotional, political, ideological, whatever it means, could possibly enter that school property with an automatic weapon and murder innocent children, students, teachers. I'm well aware that this is a hot political subject and again I will speak out no matter what role I find myself in, but I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation, we cannot let a minority of people, and that's what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a view point that terrorizes a majority of people." (MSNBC's The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell, 6/8/14)

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Clinton In October 2015: "What Is Wrong With Us That We Can't Stand Up To The NRA, And The Gun Lobby And The Gun Manufacturers They Represent?" CLINTON: "And I will tell you, I am going to fight for new, effective, gun control measures. I got to tell you, it is just heartbreaking, it is sickening to me to see another massacre. People should not have to be afraid to go to college like this one, or go to the movie theater, or go to bible study. What is wrong with us that we can't stand up to the NRA, and the gun lobby and the gun manufacturers they represent. You know, this is not just tragic; you don't just need to pray for people, we need to act. And we need to build a movement. It's infuriating, every time there's another massacre, Republicans and the NRA say, 'now is not the time to talk about guns.' Yes it is. But more than talk, it is time to act." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Broward College, Davie, FL, 10/2/15)

Clinton Paralleled Negotiating With The NRA To Negotiating With The Iranians Or The Communists. CLINTON: "You know, the NRA's position reminds me of negotiating with the Iranians or the Communists. There is no possible discussion, and it's for political purposes. You know, this is the way it works and its pretty cynical, the NRA tries to keep gun owners, the ones who are members, really upset all the time so they can keep collecting their money flowing because they tell them that they're the only thing stopping black helicopters from landing on the front yard and people's guns being seized." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, 10/7/15)

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In April, Clinton Nodded In Agreement With A Panelist Who Claimed That Gun Manufacturers "Are Making Terrorists Out Of Our Citizens." "Hillary Clinton nodded in emphatic approval on Monday as one of her supporters claimed that gun and ammunition manufacturers 'are making terrorists out of our citizens.' 'If we all get angry enough we can start saving lives and stop making…our citizens are the terrorists,' said a woman who took part in a gun violence forum in Port Washington, N.Y." (Chuck Ross, "Hillary Nods Approvingly As Supporter Claims Gunmakers Are Turning American Into Terrorists," The Daily Caller , 4/11/16)

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Clinton Has Accused The NRA Of Intimidating Elected Officials, Claiming That The Organization Makes Officials Feel "Too Scared" To Oppose It. "'The gun lobby is the most powerful lobby in Washington,' she said. 'They have figured out how to really intimidate elected officials at all levels, who basically stop thinking about this problem because they are too scared of the NRA,' she continued, referring to the National Rifle Association." (Anne Gearan and Paul Kane, "Clinton's Top Priorities: Gun Control And Immigration Reform. Could She Deliver On Either?" The Washington Post , 5/2/16)


Clinton Hasn't Just Criticize The NRA For Defending The Second Amendment; She Also Slammed The Supreme Court For Finding A Gun Ban Unconstitutional

Clinton Lambasted The Supreme Court's Decision In District Of Columbia V. Heller, Which Found D.C.'s Ban On Handguns Unconstitutional. "While Clinton has previously supported an assault weapons ban, this is the first time since launching her campaign that she indicated that she would take on the Supreme Court over gun issues. Although Clinton did not identify which Supreme Court case she disagreed with, she appeared to be criticizing the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, which found the handgun ban in Washington, D.C., unconstitutional… 'We've got to go after this,' Clinton 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.'" (Alana Goodman and Stephen Gutowski,"Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is 'Wrong' on Second Amendment,"The Washington Free Beacon , 10/1/15)

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