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    Hillary Clinton Picks a Doomed Fight With Americans Over Guns

    Hillary Clinton Picks a Doomed Fight With Americans Over Guns

    "Yesterday, once again, this time horrifically on live television," says Hillary Clinton in a video on her presidential campaign website, "we saw the terrible consequences of gun violence." As it turns out, she's not talking about civilian deaths from drone strikes or bombing raids on hospitals by the U.S. government, but instead about a criminal shooting spree in the United States. Sure enough, the Washington Post pointed out last week that one of Clinton's signature issues heading into the general election is tightening restrictions on the ownership and use of guns by Americans.

    That's a tall order in a country where gun ownership for recreational shooting and self-defense is wildly popular. Nobody knows for sure, but the best estimate is that there are north of 300 million firearms in private hands in this country. The ownership of those weapons is closely intermingled with the concept of personal liberty and resistance to abusive government in the minds of a great many Americans, as documented by scholars who both approve and disapprove of that association. Unsurprisingly, federal lawmakers from both major parties are hesitant to wade into the issue, either because they share the aversion to restrictive gun laws, or because they're leery of voters who do, and who are wont to collect scalps on election day. Just last November, analysts attributed aggressive advocacy of gun control as the key to Democratic losses in Virginia's legislative races.

    But Hillary Clinton has a plan.

    "If Congress refuses to act, Hillary will take administrative action" on restrictions, her campaign boasts. The Washington Post adds that that a President Clinton would be "relying on the executive power of the presidency to further gun restrictions that would have little chance of becoming law."

    Some people might balk at a president who threatens to rule by decree when Congress insists on exercising its constitutional right to approve and disapprove legislation, but maybe that's a bit old fashioned in our senescent republic. Still, a potential President Clinton's gun control agenda is likely to founder no matter how many strokes of the pen flow from her desk because of the opposition of the very people to whom they're supposed to apply.

    "Australia is a good example" Clinton told an audience a few months ago. "The Australian government, as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of automatic weapons, offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns. Then, they basically clamped down, going forward."

    That country's 1996 law may well be a good example, but not of the sort the presidential candidate has in mind. In a country that lacked America's heavy political associations with gun ownership, the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia estimates compliance with the compensated confiscation of self-loading rifles, self-loading shotguns, and pump-action shotguns at 19 percent.

    Independent assessments agree. "In Australia it is estimated that only about 20% of all banned self-loading rifles have been given up to the authorities," concluded Franz Csaszar, a professor of criminology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

    Looking closer to home, the prospects for Clinton-decreed restrictions are even more dismal.

    Clinton favors requiring "universal background checks" that would cover private sales between friends and neighbors that inherently take place out of public view. But when Colorado adopted such a requirement, the results were underwhelming, with the Associated Press finding 13,600 actual checks performed in 2013 after 210,00 had been predicted by a legislative impact assessment.

    "The numbers are pretty clear here," Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) commented in 2014. "There's no increase in private transfers for background checks, which means either there aren't very many private sales, or what is much more likely people are just ignoring this law."

    When New York, a state Hillary Clinton once represented in the U.S. Senate, required residents to register the popular military-styled semi-automatic rifles often termed "assault weapons," the law achieved maybe five percent compliance. "Empire State gun owners are largely ignoring one of the signature elements of the watershed legislation," the New York Daily News concluded last year.

    A similar law drew perhaps 15 percent compliance from Connecticut residents, prompting the editorial board of the resolutely anti-gun Hartford Courant to moan that "widespread noncompliance…creates a headache for the state."

    How much Tylenol will President Clinton need when the whole country ignores her schemes?

    Not all of the measures Clinton favors require the public's cooperation. She wants to "repeal the gun industry's unique immunity protection"—the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms—which was enacted to protect gun makers against politicized lawsuits intended to penalize them for the acts of criminals who acquired and misused their products.

    As even rival Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) objects, "If you go to a gun store and you legally purchase a gun, and then, three days later, if you go out and start killing people, is the point of this lawsuit to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacturer of that gun liable? If that is the point, I have to tell you I disagree."

    A lot of other people will disagree too. But bankrupting gun makers with frivolous lawsuits could enact a de facto ban on the commercial production of new guns for civilian ownership, if the courts cooperate.

    But even the expanded power of the modern presidency isn't up to repealing that law on its own. She would require a majority in Congress to make the gun industry vulnerable to legal kneecapping.

    And such a move would do nothing about the 300 million guns already in private hands, except to tighten their owners' grips on their property. Cutting off commercial production also wouldn't end the manufacture of guns by enthusiasts—a task ever-easier in the age of 3D printing and CNC milling machines.

    Hillary Clinton thinks she's found a formula for winning the presidency by attacking gun rights. But her chosen attack on a cherished freedom picks a fight with millions of Americans—and with reality.

    http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/1...omed-fight-wit
    Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

    #2
    FUHC

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      #3
      There are still Democrats their enjoy their guns and hunt. I hope she keeps this up, many will vote against her. I know most are Fudds, but if they grow a pair, she can't win.
      "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
      - Thomas Jefferson

      "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms."
      - James Madison

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        #4
        Don't underestimate this treasonous bitch. We are living in Scary times.

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          #5
          Originally posted by LazyLab View Post
          Don't underestimate this treasonous bitch. We are living in Scary times.
          I mentioned on another thread, the NRA better empty out its huge bank account and truly unload on this crap. The free states need to be reminded of Slick Willie's Federal AWB. If the message runs on every media outlet that will run it (remember the left is pro-censorship) that what happened in NYS and CT can become the Federal unSafe Act. It will start with registration, and more comprehensive background checks, NOT FOR SAFETY, but to create an unconstitutional database, to then go full out confiscation, and this scheming hack (that destroyed every female that dared accuse Bill of sexual harassment, rape, etc.) will upend the 2A, appoint a Supreme that will overturn Heller, and do this while she is protected for life by guys carrying full autos (not scary looking semi's, the real ones). I said it before, and I apologize for ranting, but try to talk to a FUDD, try to enroll your whole family in the NRA (they have promos, if you ask). Everything we gained in the nation, despite what we lost in NYS, is at stake for generations!!!
          NRA Benefactor Life
          NRA Instructor & RSO
          NYSRPA, SAF, GOA

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            #6
            Making manufacturers of legal products liable for the illegal use of the products will be the death knell of all manufacturing.
            Will they hold knife makers liable when someone gets stabbed? What about OTC drug makers? If someone chugs down a bottle of aspirin and bleeds out who will be liable, aspirin maker, bottle manufacturer or maybe the label company? The inevitable conclusion is that government takes over all manufacturing.

            Where does shifting responsibility stop?
            SHADAP VARMINT!

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              #7
              If the 2A was that important to gun owners, how come we got 8 years of President Zero? I'm not counting on my fellow gun owners to tip this election either. The Sheeple don't seem to care so much about freedom.
              I will be celebrating on Jan. 20th regardless of Nov 8th.

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                #8
                i think hillary clinton and burak obama is the reason the voting age should be 21. or just not let liberal college students vote till they graduated and have a job and faced the real world

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by HowardRoark View Post
                  If the 2A was that important to gun owners, how come we got 8 years of President Zero? I'm not counting on my fellow gun owners to tip this election either. The Sheeple don't seem to care so much about freedom.

                  Well, what has Barry done to remove any of our gun rights? If anything, on a national level, we are better off. I think on a national level, gun rights are pretty important to Americans. Don't mistake NY with America.

                  I also don't remember if Barry campaigned this strongly against guns? Did he? I thought he was pretty quite about gun laws during his campaign. I could definitely be wrong though. This bitch is WAAAAY more dangerous.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by HowardRoark View Post
                    If the 2A was that important to gun owners, how come we got 8 years of President Zero? I'm not counting on my fellow gun owners to tip this election either. The Sheeple don't seem to care so much about freedom.
                    And let's forget the No Show from the "2a community" that gave us cuomo for 4 more years.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Garys001 View Post


                      Well, what has Barry done to remove any of our gun rights? If anything, on a national level, we are better off. I think on a national level, gun rights are pretty important to Americans. Don't mistake NY with America.

                      I also don't remember if Barry campaigned this strongly against guns? Did he? I thought he was pretty quite about gun laws during his campaign. I could definitely be wrong though. This bitch is WAAAAY more dangerous.
                      All good points. I was listening to Guns For Hire podcast & they were talking about how bad the 2a climate was in NJ yet Right to Carry is in 43 states.

                      I still wonder if gun owning Democrats will tip the balance in swing states.
                      I will be celebrating on Jan. 20th regardless of Nov 8th.

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                        #12
                        Can't imagine why Bill's eye wanders with all that talk of "clamping down"...

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                          #13
                          Fuck her and a fuckin broom she flew in on

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