During an interview on ABC News’ This Week, Hillary Clinton was pressed hard on her Second Amendment stance, repeatedly refusing to call the right to bear arms a Constitutional right.
Host George Stephanopoulos flat-out asked Clinton if she believes the right to bear arms is an individual right afforded to citizens through the Constitution.
Seems a simple and straight-forward question, but Clinton dodges in the rambling incoherent manner she is known for.
Via the Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton declined to say Sunday whether she believes in a constitutional right to bear arms, possibly opening the door to a fresh round of attacks from Donald Trump, who has already accused the likely Democratic presidential nominee of wanting to “abolish” the Second Amendment.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Clinton deflected twice when she was asked whether she agrees with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. The court ruled in 2008 that the Constitution affords private citizens the right to keep firearms in their homes and that such possession need not be connected to military service.
To his credit, Stephanopoulos noted that Clinton failed to answer his first question and asks a follow-up:
“Do you believe…that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?” he asked.
“If it is a constitutional right,” Clinton proclaimed, “then it — like every other constitutional right — is subject to reasonable regulations.”
It’s not an ‘if,’ Mrs. Clinton. Here’s a refresher on what the Second Amendment says:
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
What part of “shall not be infringed” does Clinton have trouble understanding?
In Clinton’s response, she spoke of a “nuanced reading” of the Second Amendment by the Supreme Court that changed under a ruling by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
It’s not the first time she’s invoked Scalia’s name when arguing her stance on gun control. Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, has previously revealed that her mother views Scalia’s death as an opportunity to pass an anti-gun agenda through the courts.
During a recent campaign speech, Clinton has claimed that as Americans “we have just too many guns.” Now it seems clear that she doesn’t even view the right to gun ownership as a Constitutional one.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has warned about Clinton’s views on the Second Amendment.
“She wants to abolish the Second Amendment,” he warned. “She wants to take your guns away. She wants to abolish — just remember that. … If she gets to appoint her judges, she will abolish the Second Amendment.”