Gun rights bloggers and media outlets are paying some attention to the very brief discussion during the second presidential debate that touched on the U.S. Supreme Court and by default – thanks to Republican nominee Donald Trump – the Second Amendment.
While one headline asserted that she vowed to nominate a high court justice who supports stricter gun laws was misleading – she didn’t actually say that – there is no disagreement that she was fibbing through her teeth when she did state, “I respect the Second Amendment, but I believe there should be comprehensive background checks, and we should close the gun show loophole and close the online loophole. We have to save as many lives as we possibly can.”
It has been clear for months that Clinton doesn’t respect the Second Amendment at all.
When she was caught on audio a year ago, telling a private fund raiser in New York that “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment,” that essentially covered everything. Nobody walks back from that kind of statement, and she hasn’t even tried.
Like other gun prohibitionists, Clinton likes to use that word “loophole.” The gun control lobby has long maintained there are “loopholes,” through private sales at gun shows, at reputable on-line places like GunBroker.com or any of the many gun rights social forums.
Their demand for so-called “universal background checks” is, in reality, a back door gun registration scheme that only works against law-abiding citizens. Criminals ignore background checks. They steal firearms or get them from other people who do. They rarely (0.7%) obtain guns from gun shows. The process is designed solely for building a paper trail of firearms possession among honest citizens.
On Monday, the New York Times made a rather big deal of scolding Congress for not adopting what the newspaper considers “reasonable, common-sense gun regulations.” The newspaper considers it an abomination that Missouri lawmakers overrode a veto by Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon so that people in Missouri can carry concealed firearms in public with “no permit, no background check (and) no training.” The newspaper editorial board, like candidate Clinton, appears to consider the Second Amendment a privilege rather than a constitutionally delineated civil right.
Long story short, it is not the Supreme Court that is “wrong on the Second Amendment.” It is Clinton, her media cheerleaders and the gun prohibition lobby who are wrong.