During the June 5 airing of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to abolish the Second Amendment.
Hillary Clinton first disavowed that she is seeking to abolish the Second Amendment then went on to list five Second Amendment-crippling gun controls she plans to implement if elected in November.
I’m going to continue to speak out for comprehensive background checks, closing the “gun show loophole,” closing the “online loophole,” closing the so-called “Charleston loophole,” reversing the bill that Senator Sanders voted for and I voted against, giving immunity from liability to gun makers and sellers.
The crippling effect of these gun controls is already evidenced in states like California, where comprehensive background checks — i.e., universal background checks — have been paired with gun registration and even confiscation laws. The latest California gun control to emerge from universal background checks is the push to implement background checks for ammunition purchasers — and Clinton supports the ammunition background checks.
Her push to reverse the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) is all about enabling crime victims to sue gun makers and gun sellers for crimes committed with lawfully made and lawfully purchased firearms. Once the door to such suits is opened, it will not be long until America’s gun industry simply disappears. And as The Hill reported, this is why Bernie Sanders says Clinton’s gun control is all about “ending gun manufacturing in America.”
It is also important to understand what Clinton is actually proposing when she talks about closing the “Charleston loophole.” This is about expanding instant background checks to indefinite background checks. It means Americans in every state would begin to experience the kinds of waiting periods that residents in New Jersey currently experience.
And here is how such waiting periods work out in reality: On June 3, 2015, New Jersey resident Carol Bowne was stabbed to death by a former boyfriend while waiting for state’s permission to own a gun for self-defense. She had applied for the license to own a handgun on April 21, and over a month later, she was still waiting for New Jersey to say yes or no. She was killed while waiting.
So Clinton is pushing these gun controls — all of which are demonstrable crippling to the Second Amendment — yet she says she does not want to abolish the Second Amendment.
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.