Despite her loss to Bernie Sanders in Indiana, Hillary Rodham Clinton still appears to be the all-but-confirmed winner of the Democratic Party nomination as its presidential standard-bearer this year, and that leaves Second Amendment activists now worrying about how much trouble she poses for the right to keep and bear arms, not to mention other rights.
Clinton made it clear as long ago as last October when she told a group at a private fund raiser – which was caught on audio and revealed by the Washington Free Beacon – that “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”
If she is elected, she will have that opportunity possibly two or three times when she nominates new Supreme Court justices, as many predict will happen over the next four years. What would the high court look like with, say, a “Justice Barack Obama” or ‘Justice Charles Schumer?” How about a “Justice Eric Holder?”
Second Amendment activists will uniformly contend that Clinton is not now, nor has she ever been friendly to the right to gun rights. She has made a very public spectacle of her war with the National Rifle Association and, by extension, the entire “gun lobby,” which would include other organizations such as the Citizens committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Gun Owners of America and the Second Amendment Foundation.
A left-tilted activist Supreme Court might waste little time in finding a gun rights case that it could use to erode or possibly reverse the landmark 2008 Heller ruling that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual civil right to keep and bear arms. And if such a court were to be seated during a Clinton presidency, that could affect civil rights for more than a generation because federal judges and justices are appointed for life.
But there are other civil rights about which to be concerned. What about the First Amendment? The right to freedom of the press and speech could logically become another target of an administration that would not care to be criticized. While Clinton appears to have a pretty soft-gloved press fawning over her candidacy, there’s a likelihood she doesn’t share a reciprocal affection.
The stage is set for what many believe is going to be a combative, below-the-belt contest between Clinton and Donald Trump for the White House. And if Clinton wins the November election, it will be, the pundits suggest, a four-year extension of the Obama administration.