Democrat front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton made it official, by announcing plans to ratchet down on gun owners, retailers, manufacturers and gun shows a priority of her administration if she is elected to succeed Barack Obama.
Alan Gottlieb, head of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms predicted that Clinton’s statements on guns will energize the nation’s gun owners and get them to the polls. Looks like he may be right.
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“Just as it has been for the past seven years, since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, a Clinton nomination in 2016 will guarantee continued strong gun sales and expanded gun ownership,” Gottlieb contended in a press release. “Between now and November 2016, we expect Hillary Clinton to try to stigmatize and marginalize gun owners, but in fact she will energize those millions of law-abiding citizens whose votes she fears the most. That’s why we’re grateful for her campaign rhetoric.”
The former Secretary of State and anti-gun New York senator has announced her plans to push for repeal of a federal law that prevents gunmakers and retailers from being sued for the criminal misuse of the products they sell. A rash of municipal lawsuits against the industry 15 years ago resulted in that federal statute, known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
Clinton reportedly will try to work with Congress, but according to CNN, if that doesn’t happen, she “will take administrative action to require that any person attempting to sell a significant number of guns be deemed ‘in the business’ of selling firearms,” according to an aide quoted by the cable news agency.
What may seem like boilerplate is serious stuff, especially considering the revelation she wants to roll back the law protecting gunmakers from what industry calls “junk lawsuits.” But Clinton also wants to “expand background checks,” change the law that allows a transaction to proceed if a background check is delayed longer than 72 hours, and take other actions that crack down on the sale of guns on the Internet and at gun shows, according to published reports.
The rhetoric ramped up following the attack at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Nine people were murdered before the gunman traded shots with responding police officers and then committed suicide, according to Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin. The sheriff and some news agencies, most notably Fox News, are refusing to name the killer.
Meanwhile, Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor for the Washington Post, appears to support gun prohibition. In an opinion piece headlined “A Gun-Free Society,” Hiatt suggests this country should “learn from other developed nations, which believe that only the military and law enforcers, when necessary, should be armed…”
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