Hillary Clinton told Fox News Sunday that she is “not looking to repeal the Second Amendment,” but she does intend to regulate it and implement more stringent gun laws.
Breitart reported that host Chris Wallace asked Clinton about the existence of an individual right to bear arms, as relates to the Supreme Court’s seminal decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). Although Clinton dodged a similar question twice when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on June 5, she answered this time by saying “an individual right is in line with constitutional thinking.” However, she hedged in her answer by stressing that no right is free from government oversight and regulation.
She referenced the right to keep and bear arms, saying, “That right like every other of our rights, our First Amendment rights, every right that we have is open to and even subject to reasonable regulations.”
She went on to intimate that we have to do more than pray when a gunman opens fire in a gun-free zone, suggesting it is time for more gun laws.
Everybody says, oh, let’s pray, let’s send our hearts and our feelings, and then nothing happens. We’re better than this. The gun lobby intimidates elected officials. The vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, support the kind of common-sense reforms that I’m proposing.
On October 16, Clinton held a town hall at Keene State College and said an Australian-style gun ban is “worth looking at” for gun policy in the U.S.
Via National Review:
The Australian 1996 National Agreement on Firearms was not a benign set of commonsense gun-control rules: It was a gun-confiscation program rushed through the Australian parliament just twelve days after a 28-year-old man killed 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle in the Tasmanian city of Port Arthur.
The Council of Foreign relations summarizes the Aussie measure nicely:
The National Agreement on Firearms all but prohibited automatic and semiautomatic assault rifles, stiffened licensing and ownership rules, and instituted a temporary gun buyback program that took some 650,000 assault weapons (about one-sixth of the national stock) out of public circulation.
Among other things, the law also required licensees to demonstrate a “genuine need” for a particular type of gun and take a firearm safety course.
That is what Barack Obama has been trying to enforce, and what Hillary Clinton will succeed in implementing.
Obama Praises Australia Gun Ban: Claims U.S. only Country Where Mass Shootings Happen (October 2013)