The choice for president on Nov. 8 could not have been made any clearer than it was on Tuesday when a coalition of gun prohibition organizations endorsed Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
According to a press release, the groups include the Newtown Action Alliance, States United to Prevent Gun Violence Action Fund, Art=Ammo Artists Against Gun Violence, CeaseFire Pennsylvania, Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance, Colorado Ceasefire Legislative Action, The Connecticut Effect, The ENOUGH Campaign, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, GunControlToday, New Castle Promise, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Northwest Corner Committee for Gun Violence Prevention, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, Rabbis Against Gun Violence, Reston-Herndon Alliance To End Gun Violence and Stop Handgun Violence Foundation.
What they said in their announcement is chilling to any Second Amendment activist. “Our next President will be tasked with leading the 115th Congress to pass common sense measures to end gun violence and appoint Supreme Court justices who will balance gun safety with Second Amendment rights,” they explained. Translation: Clinton will appoint Supreme Court justices and federal judges who treat a constitutionally delineated fundamental civil right as though it were a government-regulated privilege.
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The gun prohibition lobbying groups are fired up because they believe Clinton will push an anti-gun agenda that includes the following:
- Repeal the gun industry’s unique immunity protection
- Revoke the licenses of bad-actor gun dealers
- Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill
- Support legislation to prohibit all domestic abusers from buying and possessing guns
- Make straw purchasing a federal crime
- Keep military-style weapons off our streets
It is already illegal under federal law to make a straw purchase, and they know it. It is already against federal law for people accused of domestic violence, or convicted of violent crimes, or who have been confined to mental institutions to possess firearms, and they know it.
They expect Clinton to pursue her proposed ban on so-called “assault weapons,” which are actually semi-automatic rifles owned by millions of law-abiding Americans who have harmed nobody. Anti-gunners know that rifles are used in a fraction of homicides in any given year, according to data in the FBI Uniform Crime Report. But if they can make it acceptable to the public to ban one entire class of firearms, they can push for additional bans on other types in the future.