It’s obvious the American public doesn’t want gun control, which is why liberals have gotten so creative when pushing for it.
So-called “common sense” measures are anything but for those who understand firearms. It’s handguns that kill the overwhelming majority of people in any given year, compared to other kinds of guns, but you never see liberals pushing for handgun control. Why? Because most people don’t support restrictions on handgun use — they support restrictions on “scary” guns, even when they’re mechanically identical to their less “scary” counterparts. Fists and knives kill more than “assault weapons,” but we hear the most about them because they have the word “assault” in their name.
The Obama administration’s gun control strategy had initially been death by a thousand cuts. Propose one “common sense” measure here, and another there, and eventually you have a cumulative number of gun laws slowly chipping away at Second Amendment rights.
Since that failed, he opted for executive orders, and in continuing the Obama legacy, that appears to be Hillary’s plan too.
The batch of emails released by Wikileaks on October 7 includes one in which Hillary Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon explained that Clinton “would support…closing the gun show loophole by executive order.”
Fallon also highlighted Clinton’s support of universal background checks–which have already failed in California, Colorado, Washington state, and Paris–and her support for a scenario wherein victims of crime would be able to sue gun manufacturers.
In the email, dated October 4, 2015, Fallon mentions that Today had made clear they were going to ask Clinton about guns. At that time she was still locked in a tougher stance than expected primary opponent Bernie Sanders. Fallon wrote: “Circling back around on guns as a follow up to the Friday morning discussion: the Today show has indicated they definitely plan to ask bout guns, and so to have the discussion be more of a news event than her previous times discussing guns, we are going to background reporters tonight on a few of the specific proposals she would support as President – universal background checks of course, but also closing the gun show loophole by executive order and imposing manufacturer liability.”
Breitbart News has previously reported that Clinton pledged gun control by executive order. She began pushing executive gun control right after the shooting in the Umpqua Community College gun free zone. That incident occurred on October 1, 2015, three days before Fallon’s email that Clinton “would support…closing the gun show loophole by executive order.” This is in line with a Washington Post report that Clinton wants to use executive orders “to go further than Obama” went on gun control.
By the way, there is no gun show loophole, but it’s great to see Hillary is willing to override the will of the American public to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]