The “Hillary never said she wants to ban guns” narrative, as parroted by Bloomberg’s John Heilemann:
What’s the proposal [Hillary Clinton] has on the table to deny Americans the right to keep and bear arms in their homes– what’s that proposal??
It’s just a lie!
Heilemann makes a face towards the end of the clip that is clearly intended to mock those who believe (or suspect) otherwise…
A Legitimate Fear
It is perfectly reasonable to assume that– as POTUS– Clinton would appoint justices in the ideological vein of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan– all of whom, to varying degrees, take issue with the originalist interpretation of #2A…
When we no longer need people to keep muskets in their home, then the Second Amendment has no function, its function is to enable the young nation to have people who will fight for it to have weapons that those soldiers will own. So I view the Second Amendment as rooted in the time totally allied to the need to support a militia…the Second Amendment is outdated in the sense that its function has become obsolete.
[Washington D.C. man]’s sole contention is that the District of Columbia’s firearms statutes violate his constitutional right to ‘keep and bear arms’…I’m not sympathetic.
- Breyer & Sotomayor
The dissenting judges argued that the right to own guns was not “fundamental” and therefore states and localities should be free to regulate or even ban [guns]. They said the Heller decision on which the Court relied heavily was incorrect and even if correct, they would not have extended its applicability to states.
- Stevens (ret) & Souter (ret):
Stevens asserted that the 2nd Amendment (1) protects the individual right to bear arms only in the context of military service and (2) does not limit government’s authority to regulate civilian use or possession of firearms.
Clinton’s likely 2-4 SCOTUS appointments would almost certainly tilt the court towards the liberal interpretation of #2A– which opens the door to gun confiscation.
“Common sense gun control”
Clinton’s assurances that she only favors “common sense gun control measures” is undercut by the fact liberals openly admit to employing incrementalism as a means of easing the public into gun confiscation…
Incrementalism is not a conspiracy theory, it’s a universal tactic:
- Gays used civil unions to open the door to gay marriage.
- So-cons use late-term abortion to open the door to banning abortion.
- Men use “just the tip, I promise” to open the door to anal.
Intent aside, Clinton’s judicial appointments would result in SCOTUS reinterpreting #2A as referring to 18th century militias– thereby opening the door to a gun ban.
Heilemann’s “Hillary never said she wants to ban guns” act is not an outright lie– but it is intentionally deceptive…