Hillary Clinton is campaigning on a war against gun stores, gun makers, and gun owners, yet she has spent decades of her life—perhaps the majority of her life—enjoying around-the-clock armed protection either for offices she occupied or those occupied by her husband Bill Clinton.
For example, Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas for 12 years (1979-81 and 1983-1993). It seems fair to presume the governor and his wife enjoyed armed security and transport. And Bill Clinton’s departure from the office of governor coincided with his entrance into the White House, where he served as president from 1993 to 2001. Upon entering the White House, the armed security went to its highest levels, as the president and First Lady Mrs. Clinton were surrounded by defensive Secret Service teams, tactical response teams, and integrated law enforcement and military personnel wherever they went.
At this point, Hillary Clinton was literally living a life that was shielded from the world’s dangers by the many, many barrels of many, many guns used to maintain and project a security bubble around the first family.
And when Bill Clinton’s second term ended in January 2001, Hillary Clinton’s first term as a U.S. Senator was just beginning. She served as a Senator (D-NY) from 2001 to 2009, which means she sat behind layers of armed security and oversight in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. for eight years.
Once Hillary Clinton’s time as a Senator was over, she would have enjoyed the protection of the Secret Service detail that remains with her husband post-presidency. ABC News reports that that is a protective detail which President Obama revised in 2012, to be sure it protected wives of presidents and children of presidents—until age 16—as well.
The bottom line—it is safe to say Hillary Clinton has spent approximately 35 years of her life with the benefit of armed security which, in some cases, would have included the advance security work of the Secret Service. Yet her current presidential campaign is framed around taking away the same benefit for average, hardworking Americans.
Clinton has made clear that she supports extending instant background checks indefinitely by changing the amount of time the FBI has to conduct them. She also wants to place new regulations on gun shows and sales that result from guns advertised online. She wants to expand the definition of domestic violence to include dating relationships and use that expanded definition to ban entire new categories of individuals from owning guns. Clinton wants to change current law to allow gun manufacturers to be sued by crime victims, and she wants gun stores to face a greater degree of regulation and oversight.
And she has been crystal clear about her intention to do many of things via executive action if Congress refuses to act.
On October 16, she told an audience at Keene State College that an Australian-style gun ban is “worth looking at” as it pertains to gun policy in the U.S.
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