Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Hillary Clinton: Gun Control Opponents Are Terrorists, Not Entitled to Viewpoint

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton hasn’t said that she’s running for the Democrat Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but lately she’s been going out of her way to make sure that gun owners know what a Hillary presidency would be like for them.

On Monday, during an interview on CNN Newsroom, Mrs. Clinton made clear that at age 66, she still hasn’t outgrown the zealotry of her youth. With anger characteristic of the political fringe, Mrs. Clinton said of gun control opponents, “We cannot let a minority of people--and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people--hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”

Mrs. Clinton was asked by a member of CNN’s TV studio audience “. . . as it pertains to school shootings. Do you think that reinstating the ban on assault weapons and banning high capacity magazines would do any good?” Mrs. Clinton responded “Yes, I do. I do.” As she went on, she twice confused semi-automatic firearms with “automatic” weapons.

Mrs. Clinton also said that she was “disappointed that Congress didn’t pass universal background checks in 2013.” Being that we hold the First Amendment in higher regard than Mrs. Clinton, we’ll say she’s entitled to her “viewpoint.” 

The facts, however, show that “universal” checks wouldn’t stop the exceedingly rare mass murderer, as acknowledged by nationally-recognized criminologist James Alan Fox in his Top 10 myths about mass shootings.

Further, reports by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (see p. 13), FBI (see p. 1) and BATFE (see p. 18) show that “universal” checks would not be “universal,” because most criminals obtain guns through theft, black market transactions and straw purchases. Even a Department of Justice memorandum to President Obama in January 2013 opined that the effectiveness of “universal” checks would depend on reducing straw purchases.

“Universal” checks would constitute a step in the direction of national registration of all gun sales. The same Department of Justice memorandum noted above counseled that the effectiveness of “universal” checks would further depend on “requiring gun registration.” Indeed, legislation to retain records on approved firearm-related NICS background checks has previously been introduced in Congress.

It’s unclear what Mrs. Clinton hoped to accomplish with her comments on CNN. Some have suggested those remarks–preceded by her earlier statement that gun ownership is something “way out of balance,” which “we’ve got to rein in”–suggest she doesn’t intend to run for president.

In addition, recent polls show that Mrs. Clinton’s characterization of gun control opponents as a “minority” is out of touch with reality. A Gallup poll in January found that only 31% of Americans want stricter gun laws. Similarly, a Rasmussen Reports national phone survey in March found “just 40% of likely U.S. voters now think the United States needs stricter gun control laws, down nine points from last May and the lowest level of support for stricter laws since February 2012.”

Nevertheless, gun control activists have been aggressively pushing the opposite narrative over the last 18 months. They encourage candidates who support gun control to believe that they have the advantage in the wake of the horrible crime at Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Thus, Clinton may be among the “true believers” who have convinced themselves that their time in history has come. She may actually agree that inflammatory statements against supporters of the right to keep and bear arms will increase her chances of victory on Election Day and accelerate what she considers an inevitable victory over freedom.

Underestimating one’s opponent is a classic mistake that can lead to defeat. We therefore can only hope that Mrs. Clinton has adopted the profound self-delusion of gun control’s ascendency and will continue expressing her contempt for Second Amendment rights and their supporters. While she may have forgotten the lessons of history, pro-freedom voters will remind her of her remarks at the ballot box should she run.

TRENDING NOW
Biden Plots Sneak Attack Against U.S. Firearms Industry

News  

Monday, January 25, 2021

Biden Plots Sneak Attack Against U.S. Firearms Industry

Joe Biden has unveiled his agenda for his first 100 days in the White House, and his list includes an initiative aimed at nothing less than the destruction of the U.S. firearms industry. This is ...

Anti-Gun Groups Want to Abolish What Law-Abiding Virginians Have been Doing for Centuries

News  

Monday, January 25, 2021

Anti-Gun Groups Want to Abolish What Law-Abiding Virginians Have been Doing for Centuries

Last year, the anti-Second Amendment majority in the Virginia legislature that was purchased by gun-ban extremists passed a number of anti-gun measures. Anti-gun activists even demanded an opportunity to gloat over what they had bought.

President Trump’s Executive Order Expands LEOSA Carry Rights

News  

Thursday, January 21, 2021

President Trump’s Executive Order Expands LEOSA Carry Rights

On January 18th, President Trump signed an “Executive Order on Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families.” The order aims to provide for more federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges to be able to ...

Washington: Vague Carry Ban and Rehashed Mag Ban Introduced and Scheduled for Hearings Next Week

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Washington: Vague Carry Ban and Rehashed Mag Ban Introduced and Scheduled for Hearings Next Week

Next week, anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 5078 and Senate Bill 5038, are scheduled for hearings in the Senate Law and Justice Committee. 

Gun Control Groups Push Hollywood to Produce Even More Anti-gun Propaganda

News  

Monday, January 25, 2021

Gun Control Groups Push Hollywood to Produce Even More Anti-gun Propaganda

Gun control advocates are once again pushing the entertainment industry to produce anti-gun propaganda with the explicit goal of advancing failed firearm legislation. The renewed overt effort will strike some as superfluous, given Hollywood’s lengthy track record of anti-gun agitprop and left-wing political monoculture.

Maryland: Senate Committee Passes Wear & Carry Preliminary Approval

Monday, January 25, 2021

Maryland: Senate Committee Passes Wear & Carry Preliminary Approval

On January 21st, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 309.

“Unity” President Vows to “Defeat” America’s Oldest and Largest Civil Rights Group

News  

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

“Unity” President Vows to “Defeat” America’s Oldest and Largest Civil Rights Group

Biden issued this “pledge” in a January 8 tweet that falsely tried to suggest the men and women of the NRA were somehow implicated in an infamous crime that was committed a decade ago by ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Florida Alert! Gun Bills Filed in Florida - SO FAR

Friday, January 15, 2021

Florida Alert! Gun Bills Filed in Florida - SO FAR

As Legislators begin to file bills for the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, we are getting questions about various bills due to media reports on gun bills.  Below is a partial list of bills we will ...

New Mexico: Committee Hearing Set for Wednesday on House Bill 102, Taxpayer-Funded Promotion of Gun Control

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

New Mexico: Committee Hearing Set for Wednesday on House Bill 102, Taxpayer-Funded Promotion of Gun Control

Local gun control activists are actively supporting House Bill 102, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-ABQ), given the relatively benign title "Violence Intervention Prevention Act."

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.