Clinton Doubles Down against Guns, Electability

July 10, 2015

Clinton Eastwood for President

You heard it here first.  This was Hillary Clinton’s first and second reaction to the shooting in Charleston last month:

“We have to face hard truths about race, violence, guns, and division.”  She asked, “How many innocent people in our country, from little children to church members to movie theater attendees, how many people do we need to see cut down before we act?”

“Act” how, exactly?  In an interview later the same day, she was more blunt:  “Let’s just cut to the chase – it’s guns.”

At Hot Air, Jazz Shaw observes that Clinton is sticking with this tack, which may be her only option if she wants to maneuver to the left of Bernie Sanders.  The liberal Washington Post reports,

In her standard stump speech, Hillary Rodham Clinton talks about fighting income inequality, celebrating court rulings on gay marriage and health care, and, since the Emanuel AME Church massacre, toughening the nation’s gun laws.

That last component marks an important evolution in presidential politics. For at least the past several decades, Democrats seeking national office have often been timid on the issue of guns for fear of alienating firearms owners. . . .

But in a sign that the political environment on guns has shifted in the wake of recent mass shootings — and of Clinton’s determination to stake out liberal ground in her primary race against insurgent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — Clinton is not only initiating a debate about gun control but also vowing to fight the National Rifle Association.

. . .

“We’ve been down this road before with the Clintons,” ­La­Pierre said through a spokesman. “She needs to read her husband’s book.”

In his memoir, “My Life,” former president Bill Clinton suggested that his vice president, Al Gore, lost the 2000 presidential election in part because of backlash in states such as Arkansas and Tennessee over the Clinton administration’s 1995 ban on assault weapons, which has since expired. Many Democratic lawmakers also lost their elections after gun-control votes.

Jazz Shaw agrees:

The trend on this subject has been consistently going in one direction, particularly since the world has been becoming an increasingly dangerous place. Starting last year, there were clear majorities, rather than just pluralities, indicating that protecting gun rights was more important than any new gun control measures. Not only global events such as the rise of ISIS, (and their recruiting efforts here in America) but the riots in the streets in so many major cities seem to be pushing people to realize that they may have to protect themselves. It’s one of the few positive trends to come out of the current era of change.

Hillary Clinton has apparently decided that this is the field where she will meet and fight Bernie Sanders. I would say good for her, but actually it’s good for the GOP. Liberals tend to love to invoke phrases about their opponents being on the wrong side of history. Well, when it comes to the Second Amendment rights of Americans, Hillary just found herself on the losing end of that argument.

Or, as I put it last month:

Ah, more gun control.  We’ll get right on that.

One Response to “Clinton Doubles Down against Guns, Electability”

  1. […] candidates keep making an election-year issue of gun control (see discussions from June and July of last year), but it just keeps getting […]

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