Earlier this week, a coalition of 17 hardline gun prohibition lobbying groups announced their endorsement of Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, a proverbial red flag to Second Amendment activists that if she wins, they lose.
According to a press release, the groups include the Newtown Action Alliance, States United to Prevent Gun Violence Action Fund, Art=Ammo Artists Against Gun Violence, CeaseFire Pennsylvania, Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance, Colorado Ceasefire Legislative Action, The Connecticut Effect, The ENOUGH Campaign, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, GunControlToday, New Castle Promise, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Northwest Corner Committee for Gun Violence Prevention, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, Rabbis Against Gun Violence, Reston-Herndon Alliance To End Gun Violence and Stop Handgun Violence Foundation. Guns.com wrote about this the other day.
For the past few weeks, the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility has also been promoting Clinton’s candidacy in email blasts, including one in which she was called a “gun sense champion.”
What the anti-gun coalition said in its announcement should send shivers down the spine of any Second Amendment activist. “Our next President will be tasked with leading the 115th Congress to pass common sense measures to end gun violence and appoint Supreme Court justices who will balance gun safety with Second Amendment rights,” they explained. Translation: Clinton will appoint Supreme Court justices and federal judges who treat the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights as though it were a government-regulated privilege.
Here’s the anti-gun agenda that these lobbying groups hope Clinton will push as soon as she moves into the White House:
- Repeal the gun industry’s unique immunity protection
- Revoke the licenses of bad-actor gun dealers
- Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill
- Support legislation to prohibit all domestic abusers from buying and possessing guns
- Make straw purchasing a federal crime
- Keep military-style weapons off our streets
Repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act will re-open the floodgates for junk lawsuits against the firearms industry that are really intended to do one thing: Bankrupt gunmakers and retailers in a legal war of financial attrition.
It is already illegal for domestic abusers, violent criminals and those adjudicated to be mentally ill to possess firearms.
It is already illegal for people to make straw purchases of firearms.
The “military style weapons” these people want banned are the most popular rifles in America, used by millions of law-abiding citizens for competition, hunting, recreational shooting, predator control and home defense.
Besides, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, rifles of any kind are used in just a fraction of homicides in any given year. In 2015, rifles of any type were used in 252 homicides, while more than 1,500 people were stabbed or slashed to death. More than 1,000 were bludgeoned or beaten to death.
The next president will appoint Supreme Court justices and federal judges, thus setting the direction of the federal courts for the next 25-30 years, perhaps more. Clinton has already said she thinks the high court was wrong on the Second Amendment.
This week’s endorsements from anti-rights lobbying groups should literally seal the deal for gun owners.