Most people probably don't pay a lot of attention to what Hillary Clinton says, figuring, as we do, that if her lips are moving, she's lying.
But there's one issue upon which conservatives, and especially those concerned with maintaining constitutional liberty should pay close attention to what Mrs. Clinton says, and that is on matters related to the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms.
As leftwing powerhouse influencer Salon observed recently, "Clinton's campaign recently hit Bernie on the one issue where she resides to his left: Guns."
Of course as Salon's Conor Lynch noted, Mrs. Clinton didn't always hold her current position on gun-grabbing.
In the past Mrs. Clinton bragged about learning to shoot guns as a child and in 2008 she actually hit opponent Barack Obama for his comments about guns. When he opined that that some Americans "cling to guns or religion" Clinton called his comments "elitist" and "out of touch."
"What might work in New York City is certainly not going to work in Montana," said Clinton back in 2008. "So, for the federal government to be having any kind of, you know, blanket rules that they're going to try to impose, I think doesn't make sense."
But that was then and this is now.
This time around Clinton has done her best to paint her opponent, socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (who has a D- rating from the NRA) as a tool of the gun lobby and a closet racist to boot, for saying pretty much the same thing she said back in 2008.
When Senator Sanders said that gun control laws in an urban setting like New York City may not be suitable for a rural area where hunting and farming are widespread, like his state of Vermont, Clinton was quick to pounce.
Now Mrs. Clinton touts in her stump speech the fact that she is challenging the gun lobby, knitting it into her broad pitch that she, as president, will be the champion of those who feel helpless in the face of big corporations, government and cultural mores.
"There are some who say that [gun violence] is an urban problem," said Clinton, during a speech in Charleston, South Carolina, where the Charleston Church massacre had occurred a few months earlier. "Sometimes what they mean by that is: It's a black problem. But it's not. It's not black, it's not urban. It's a deep, profound challenge to who we are."
"I will take on the gun lobby," she said to a packed gymnasium at another rally as reported by The Wall Street Journal's Valerie Bauerlein. She pledged to fight special interests in Washington, including Wall Street and pharmaceutical companies. "But you know what the strongest lobby is? It's the gun lobby, which intimidates people, threatens elected officials," said Mrs. Clinton.
"She lies about the issue in a way to make it seem reasonable, to really advance a radical gun-control agenda," said NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker, who accused Mrs. Clinton of oversimplifying a complex set of laws and exploiting victims of gun violence.
And of course the NRA's Jennifer Baker is right—Hillary Clinton does lie, and she is exploiting various violent tragedies for her own political gain.
But that's not why she is so dangerous to constitutional liberty.
Many liberals live in a Pollyanna world where everyone is (deep down inside) really nice and those humans with the propensity toward appropriation and violence can be brought into the light with a smile and maybe some Midnight basketball, but not Mrs. Clinton.
The Founders of this great republic understood that in order to maintain constitutional liberty its beneficiaries, We the People, must have the means of preserving it. Likewise, those who wish to destroy constitutional liberty and concentrate power in their own hands understand that the first step in doing so must be to reduce the beneficiaries of constitutional liberty to the status of unarmed victims.
And that's why Mrs. Clinton is so dangerous. It's not that she has the policy on firearms ownership wrong or her assessment of human nature is softheaded. She has the policy exactly right—if you want to impose despotism on America—and she and her supporters on the Far-Left understand that for them to take power permanently you must be disarmed.
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