Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton may have kicked a hornet’s nest last night when she told a “gun violence forum” in Philadelphia that there are “too many guns…in our homes, in our neighborhoods,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The remarks have spread across the Internet, thanks to a YouTube video the Free Beacon posted, and they got a quick reaction from Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. In a scathing statement to the press, Gottlieb told Clinton publicly, “Our guns are none of your business.”
After complaining about “an epidemic of gun violence” that is allegedly plaguing the country, Clinton told her audience Wednesday evening, “When it comes to guns, we have just too many guns. On the streets, in our homes, in our neighborhoods. And, you know, there’s been a lot of talk in this campaign, in the primary campaign, about the power of certain interests in our country. And we do have a bunch of powerful interests, make no mistake about it. But there is no more powerful lobby than the gun lobby.”
Clinton was joined by former Attorney General Eric Holder. He’s back in the news because of newly-released documents relating to the Operation Fast & Furious scandal that unfolded five years ago following the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Arizona.
“Who put Hillary Clinton in charge of deciding how many firearms are too many?”—Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA
If the “gun lobby” is as powerful as Clinton contends, she may not stand much of a chance as gun owners may descend on the polls in November just to keep her out of the White House. Grassroots activist members of CCRKBA and other organizations, including the National Rifle Association, are going to burn the midnight oil to make sure she loses.
“Who put Hillary Clinton in charge of deciding how many firearms are too many,” Gottlieb demanded in his prepared statement. “There’s no doubt she would like to be in charge of dictating how many guns someone can own, but the Constitution just might get in her way, not to mention tens of millions of American voters who don’t care for the demagoguery she represents.
“But,” he continued, “like the man she wants to succeed in the White House, it doesn’t appear that the Constitution or the Second Amendment rights of American citizens mean much to her.”
The Bellevue, Washington-based national gun rights advocate accused Clinton of making gun owners “the collective bogeyman of her campaign rhetoric.” He said she has dragged the Second Amendment “through the mud along her campaign trail” and alluded to a widely-reported remark she made months ago that she thinks the Supreme Court was wrong on the Second Amendment.
“Hillary Clinton and her elitist friends have no business dictating to American citizens how many or what kinds of guns they can own, or how much red tape they have to wade through in order to exercise a constitutionally-protected civil right,” Gottlieb said. “The irony is that every time she opens her mouth about guns, people open their wallets and buy more guns.”
That much was clear the other day when Gottlieb told the Free Beacon that every time Clinton or President Barack Obama start harping about gun control, firearms sales spike upwards. The pattern has been consistent since before Obama took office in 2009.
Not only have gun and ammunition sales climbed, so too have applications for concealed carry permits and licenses. Today, by some estimates, there are somewhere north of 13 million Americans who are licensed to carry across the 50 states. Those gun owners could become political activists over the next six months, and barring a Clinton indictment over the email scandal, she is likely to be the Democrat nominee.
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