Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination may be gaining ground but over the past week it has lost a considerable amount of credibility, first for a move by the Virginia governor to allow ex-felons to vote in that state, and then for a survey that shows huge public opposition to one of her favorite campaign promises: Opening up the gun industry for lawsuits.
Anti-gun Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally, last Friday restored voting rights for some 200,000 ex-felons. Critics of the action contend the liberal Democrat governor of trying to throw Virginia to Clinton and fellow Democrats in this fall’s election. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, outraged Republicans accused McAuliffe of abusing his power to help Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the books.
One opinion piece about this controversy over the weekend asked a pertinent question: “Are Democrats so desperate to put Clinton back in the White House that they are trying to enlist the support of convicted felons?”
Monday, the National Shooting Sports Foundation poked a huge hole in Clinton’s campaign tok turn back the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), passed ten years ago to stop junk lawsuits against the firearms industry. Clinton has been pandering to parents of Sandy Hook victims and the gun prohibition lobby, contending that the federal law has made the gun industry “immune” from lawsuits, which is not true.
NSSF commissioned a survey a few days ago, conducted among 1,000 registered voters by Harper Polling. According to NSSF, about 72 percent of respondents said that the law “should be kept and we should punish the criminals who commit these acts not the law-abiding manufacturers and retailers of lawful products which get misused.” The survey has a +/- margin of error of 3.1 percent.
And the “frosting on the cake” came last week when Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, told an audience in Maryland, “It matters to me that my mom also recognizes the role the Supreme Court has when it comes to gun control.”
That remark raised alarms because it strongly suggested that if Clinton is elected president, she will make appointments to the Supreme Court that could threaten the Second Amendment rights of millions of law-abiding American gun owners, to say nothing of the amendment, itself.