In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shied away from stating whether the right to bear arms – guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment – is actually a Constitutional right.
ABC’s Stephanopoulos asked Clinton point-blank, “Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?”
The softball question appears tautological. In other words, Stephanopoulos is asking whether one of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution is a constitutional right. It’s redundant. It would be like asking whether the freedom of speech is a constitutional right. They’re both absurdly obvious questions.
But Hillary Clinton didn’t think the question was that obvious. A simple “yes” answer would have sufficed, but I imagine Clinton was anticipating some objections from her questioner, namely her voting record on the 2nd Amendment. So, she had to qualify her answer.
Here was her answer, in part:
“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation. And what people have done with that (Heller) decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms.
“So I think it’s important to recognize that reasonable people can say, as I do, responsible gun owners have a right — I have no objection to that. But the rest of the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regularity, responsible actions to protect everyone else.”
The question then is what is “reasonable regulation?” It’s like when gun control proponents use the phrase “common sense gun reform.” What they mean by “reasonable” and “common sense” is actually unreasonable and lacking common sense.
Their legislative proposals amount to restricting everyone’s access to guns. But the only people who will actually abide by the rules are the law-abiding citizens. Criminals – by default – will disregard the laws. In fact, they will actually use gun control laws to their advantage to increase their victim count.