Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is making it clear she won’t wait for Congress to consider gun control measures. Instead, she’s pledging to pursue gun control by executive action if she’s elected president.
Her proposals include extending the instant background checks indefinitely by changing the amount of time the FBI has on extended checks. She also wants to place new regulations on sales at gun shows and for guns sold online, and she wants to expand the definition of domestic violence to include dating relationships, then use that expanded definition to ban individuals from owning guns.
Breitbart News previously reported that Clinton also wants to change our nation’s laws to allow shooting victims and their families to sue gun manufacturers after a criminal steals and misuses a gun–harming people in the process–or after a criminal brings a gun into a gun free zone in order to attack innocent victims who can’t fight back, the way Chris Harper Mercer did at Umpqua Community College. This action alone would drive gun prices through the roof as gun manufacturers seek ways to raise money to cover court costs incurred via lawsuit after lawsuit when criminals misuse guns. It would eventually drive gun manufacturers into bankruptcy and, finally, into oblivion.
With these and other proposals Clinton is fighting for support from Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, Hollywood elites, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, all of whom have promoted these same controls or a combination of some of these controls at one time or another. And Clinton is on record saying she would enact these controls unilaterally if elected, via executive action.
Clinton has not been shy about her intentions. When Bloomberg.com quoted her speech in New Hampshire on Monday, she said her gun control proposals were not novel but her willingness to guarantee their enactment is. Clinton said, “There’s nothing unique about them other than the fact that I am so determined.”
It is crucial that we understand Clinton is not only pledging to pursue gun control but to accomplish it with a pen and a signature.
She is not pledging to work with Congress but to go around Congress, just as Barack Obama has done with immigration and is doing now with gun control.
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