Yesterday’s New York primary was a winner for both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump, and in the wake of that contest, some people and various polls have said Trump can’t beat Clinton in a general election.
What would a Clinton presidency mean for the Second Amendment? The answer became clear last year when Clinton launched her unceasing attack on the National Rifle Association and the so-called “gun lobby.” That “lobby” includes NRA members and the tens of millions of gun owners who don’t belong to the organization, but who may belong to other gun rights groups, such as the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Gun Owners of America, Second Amendment Foundation or state-level activist groups. It also includes the entire firearms industry and any gun owner who ever got politically involved.
If she does become the next president, one look at what happened yesterday in California might provide a strong indication of what she will want the whole country to do, in terms of gun rights. A state Senate committee approved five bills that, just like previous gun control measures that didn’t work, are being sold as measures to keep more guns out of the hands of criminals and crazy people.
The Sacramento Bee detailed the five bills. They require licensing for anyone building their own firearms, define ammunition, require lost or stolen firearms to be reported within five days of the loss, expand the state ban on so-called “assault weapons” and prohibit possession of “high capacity magazines” that hold more than ten cartridges.
Equally at stake is the Supreme Court makeup and the federal court appointments. Clinton has already said she believes the high court got it wrong on the Second Amendment in its 5-4 Heller ruling, written by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Quoted last fall by the Washington Free Beacon, Clinton told supporters at a private fund raiser, “We’ve got to go after this. And here again, the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”
Get set for a steady stream of polls that try to determine whether Trump can beat Clinton, or vice versa. The only poll that counts will be on Nov. 8, and the nation will be stuck with the results for the next four years.
If Trump wins the GOP nomination, will people who don’t want Hillary in the White House be faced with these options: a) hold their noses and vote for Trump; b) resist the urge to vote for a third party candidate in protest, which would amount to a vote for Clinton, or c) resist the urge to not vote, which would amount to a vote for Clinton? Political pundits may put forth this set of options repeatedly over the summer.
Yesterday’s New York primary was the “wake-up” call to gun owners. The alarms should be going off. Snooze and you lose.
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