On June 5 Hillary Clinton made clear she is diametrically opposed to the Founder Fathers’ goal of protecting natural rights via the Bill of Rights.
Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Clinton suggested all constitutional rights are open to government regulation. She went so far as to say government has “a right” to regulate constitutional rights and then outlined five gun controls she is determined to implement, should she win the presidency.
Clinton sought to justify her raid on the Second Amendment by citing poll numbers. She said her gun control “is supported by 90 percent of the American people and more than 75 percent of responsible gun owners.” She did not provide any source for the 90 percent nor did she define what a “responsible gun owner” is.
Yet the biggest problem with Clinton’s push is the effect of making the Second Amendment open to a majority vote. Even if 99 percent of Americans and 99 percent of “responsible gun owners’ liked her gun controls it would not change the fact that our Founding Fathers hedged in gun rights, thereby shielding them from government interference. They did the same thing with speech rights (First Amendment), religious rights (First Amendment), property rights (Third Amendment), etc.
To be fair, the Founders provided a mechanism for repealing the protections afforded by the Second Amendment–and that mechanism is the amending process. But Clinton cannot risk going that direction because gun control actually has nowhere near the level of support she describes. It is not even close. So the best option she has is to use the executive office to sidestep Congress and the Constitution and abolish the Second Amendment via numerous, insidious controls. And that is her plan.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.