I believe it would only be right to start with the candidate that has become the new leader of the anti gun lobby – Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton has become that person, her record on gun control goes back to when she was first lady in 1993. She praised president Clinton for signing into law the BRADY BILL. That bill required federal background checks for purchases from federally licensed gun dealers. A year after that she was again very pleased when the president signed a crime bill that banned assault weapons and limited the capacity of gun to 10 rounds.
As a senator from New York, she backed a bill sponsored by Chuck Schumer to require a federal license to own a hand gun. In 2003 she proposed raising the legal age to own a hand gun to 21. In 2004 she voted against a bill that protected the gun manufactures and gun dealers from being sued by victims of gun violence. She also voted for an extension of the assault weapons ban and supported federal criminal background checks for gun shows.
Fast forward to 2008 when she had a failed run for the Whitehouse. During that campaign, Clinton when she most needed our votes she moved to the center on the gun control issues. Clinton made statements like my father taught her how to shoot and hunt and shooting were part of our culture and way of life. In a debate in 2008 Clinton said she didn’t want the federal government preempting states and cities. She also said she believes in the people’s right to bear arms and that she doesn’t see a contradiction between protecting 2nd Amendment rights and a effort to reduce crime. Also in 2008 in Philadelphia Clinton stated I respect the 2nd amendment. I respect the rights of lawful gun owners to own guns and to use their guns. But I also believe that most lawful gun owners whom I have spoken with for many years across the country also want to be sure that we keep those guns out of the wrong hands and that she will work to try to bridge this divide which she thinks has been polarizing the American people.
And now we have the 2016 Hillary Clinton She announced her far left stance on gun control in October because she needs their votes to make in through the primary. Her plan now calls for closing loopholes in background checks for people who want to buy guns, those buying guns at gun shows and private gun sales. Clinton has proposed closing both the 72 hour and privet seller loophole. Clinton has also threatened to use her executive power to CHANGE THE LAW. sound familiar I believe this president has beet her to the punch. All the things Clinton threatened to do in October has just been done by this president I guess he stole her thunder.
But I will say she is getting a lot of support from the left. Groups like the Brady campaign, Every town for gun safety, Americans for responsible solutions, violence policy center, New Yorkers against gun violence and the coalition to stop gun violence they all love the new Hillary.
In the mean time she has compared the NRA to the Iranians and Communists. Clinton said now the real answer to this is for gun owners to form a different organization that supports the second Amendment, supports there right to own guns, use guns, go hunting, go target shooting, but stands against the absolutism of the NRA. All I can say to that is thank god we have the NRA which has always protected our second Amendment rights. I never thought I would say GO BERNIE!!!