Inspired by the staged “sit-in” for gun control conducted by Democrats in the House of Representatives last week, Hillary Clinton said during a campaign speech in Chicago on Monday that “saving [people] from gun violence is a civil rights issue.”
Correctly speaking, civil rights are those that are protected against infringement by government and its agents. Of course, Clinton doesn’t see the obvious contradiction in her statement when her object is to attack and undermine the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens at every turn.
It’s true that Clinton has tried to curry favor with some voters by exaggerating the frequency of unjust “gun violence” by government agents, saying that law enforcement officers have been shooting innocent people on a “constant” basis and therefore should undergo “retraining.” But Americans can count that as another reason they consider Clinton dishonest and untrustworthy, as even the New York Times acknowledged recently. Homicides by law enforcement officers account for only one percent of firearm-related deaths, and notwithstanding Clinton’s campaign rhetoric, illegitimate shootings by law enforcement officers are few and far between.
Clinton’s plan for “saving people” goes beyond retraining police officers, of course. On Tuesday, in California, Clinton told a group of people who have YouTube “channels” that she would continue her campaign for “gun safety,” another term that gun control supporters have contorted, in this case as a euphemism for gun control. Clinton’s presidential campaign website indicates that the gun control she favors would, among other things, impose mandatory background checks on private sales and other transfers of firearms, repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and ban so-called “assault weapons” and “large” ammunition magazines.
With every day that passes, there are revelations about lies Clinton has told about her private email server and her mishandling of classified materials and about possible corruption related to donations provided to the Clinton Foundation. At least in this one area, we can thank her for her honesty about her willingness to destroy the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding, responsible, Americans.