When Florida Sen. Marco Rubio declared during the Republican presidential debate that “the Second Amendment is not an option,” he clearly illustrated the philosophical chasm that exists between Republicans and Democrats on the subject of gun control versus gun rights.
Although he was criticizing President Barack Obama’s recent “executive actions” on guns, Rubio could just as easily have been talking about Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has endeavored to make gun control a central issue of her campaign, going so far as to essentially declare a war of words on the National Rifle Association.
“The Second Amendment is not an option,” Rubio told moderators for the Fox Business Channel. “It is not a suggestion. It is a constitutional right of every American to be able to protect themselves and their families. I am convinced that if this president could confiscate every gun in America, he would. I am convinced that if this president could get rid of the Second Amendment, he would.
“I am convinced,” he added, “because I have seen how he works with his attorney general; not to defend the Second Amendment, but to figure out ways to undermine it.”
In recent weeks, both Obama and Clinton have suggested approval for gun control in Australia, where some years ago there was a massive mandated turn-in of certain classes of firearms. While Australian gun owners were financially compensated, that incident provoked outrage among American gun owners who haven’t forgotten the lesson that registration can lead to confiscation.
While Rubio is hardly the only Republican candidate to staunchly defend the right to keep and bear arms, his comments during the debate could easily become the position that all of his fellow candidates take in order to show the stark differences between the GOP and the Democratic party, which appears increasingly to be in the control of the radical far left.
Earlier in the week, Clinton picked up an endorsement from the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. That announcement not only solidified her position on gun control, but may also have painted her into a political corner if she gets the party’s nomination and then has to reach out to appeal to a broader base of voters, including those who own and use firearms.
During his comments, Rubio reminded the audience that the next president will be making judicial appointments to the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He noted that Obama’s picks have been unfriendly to gun rights, and there is no reason to believe any appointments Clinton makes would be any different.
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