Hillary Clinton got off to a rocky start at Tuesday’s third and final presidential debate. Moderator Chris Wallace kicked off the debate with a discussion about the Supreme Court, which saw her battle it out with Donald Trump on the subject of abortion. The two candidates tried to paint each other as extremists on the issue, speaking more to their base of voters than to the undecided middle.
But then the talk swung to guns, and Hillary exposed to all Americans that she either didn’t know what she was talking about…or she was trying to hide her true feelings behind a screen of nonsense. Either way, the result was embarrassing and – for those who cherish the Bill of Rights – a little terrifying.
Wallace asked Hillary how she could claim to support the Second Amendment while simultaneously opposing the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision. After bloviating about background checks and “33,000 gun deaths” a year, Hillary addressed the seeming contradiction.
“You mentioned the Heller decision,” she said. “And what I was saying that you referenced, Chris, was that I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case, because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns and so they wanted people with guns to safely store them. And the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation, but they’ve accepted many others. So I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the Second Amendment.”
That sounds lovely, except for the fact that the “toddler” business that Hillary mentioned had almost nothing to do with the Heller case. True, there was a part of the Heller ruling that had to do with trigger locks and safes; the court ruled those mandates unconstitutional. That’s presumably what Hillary was talking about.
But the meat of the Heller case had nothing to do with those restrictions; the ruling invalidated Washington D.C.’s unconstitutional trap wherein citizens could not own a handgun without being properly registered…and the city refused to register anyone to own a handgun. Thus, handguns were effectively banned in the nation’s capital.
By opposing and then supporting the Heller decision, Hillary has left voters clueless on her true stance, if there is such a thing. But in everything else she says, she proves herself to be an Obama disciple on the Second Amendment. She has declared the NRA public enemy #1, and she has promised to use the executive power of the presidency to further regulate gun ownership. With respect to our freedoms, Hillary’s focus is on limiting them.
That’s really all you need to know.