After Democrat front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigned Tuesday evening at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin gun control event, The Guardian reported that she “has made gun control a pillar of her campaign.’
It’s not as though this were any secret. Clinton, with a history of being in favor of all manner of gun control, literally declared war on the National Rifle Association and the nation’s gun rights activists last year.
As The Guardian reported, “She has called for strengthening background checks and closing a number of loopholes that enable unmonitored gun sales.”
“This needs to be a voting issue,” Clinton was quoted as stating. “Not number 20 on the list, number one on the list.”
What is astonishing to a number of observers is that Clinton did this in Wisconsin. The Badger State has a heavy population of hunters and gun owners. Tens of thousands of citizens are licensed to carry concealed handguns. The state produces some top whitetail deer hunting, and there are lots of opportunities for upland bird and waterfowl hunters as well. Gun ownership is a tradition; part of the fabric of this upper Midwest landscape.
It might just be that Clinton felt the need to ramp up the rhetoric. Over the past weekend, she was steamrollered by rival Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont whose campaign message is resonating with the millennials that Clinton had been counting on to help put her back in the White House. He went three-for-three against her last Saturday in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state.
But Clinton has a credibility problem that exploded on the editorial page of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Wednesday. Headlined “Clinton’s abysmal record on open government,” the editorial slammed the former Secretary of State and former First Lady for what it called a “horrible track record on transparency.”
This problem, the newspaper stated, “raises serious concerns for open government under a Clinton administration — so serious we believe they may disqualify her from public office. We hope Wisconsin voters give this issue the consideration it deserves when they go to the polls on Tuesday.”
The Wisconsin primary is April 5, and Clinton is touring the state feverishly trying to regain momentum. Despite the widespread belief that the “fix is in” for Clinton in the form of die-hard “super delegates,” Sanders is not merely nipping at her heels, he’s poised to give her fits in the remaining primaries, especially if the FBI investigation of her emails shifts into overdrive.
About that, the Journal-Sentinel noted, “Clinton may have violated national security laws by making top secret documents vulnerable to hackers and available to people without proper security clearance.” It added, a few lines later, “regardless of Clinton’s excuses, the only believable reason for the private server in her basement was to keep her emails out of the public eye by willfully avoiding freedom of information laws. No president, no secretary of state, no public official at any level is above the law. She chose to ignore it, and must face the consequences.”
Guns may be at the top of Clinton’s list, but it appears questions about her honesty are at the top of everyone else’s.