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Published On: Wed, Jun 8th, 2016

Hillary Clinton won’t say second amendment is a constitutional right

The Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declined to say if she thinks the Second Amendment guarantees the constitutional right to bear arms during an interview Sunday with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Stephanopoulos asked Clinton, “Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right, that it’s not linked to service in a militia?”

Hillary Clinton won't say if the Second Amendment makes gun ownership a right  photo/screenshot

Hillary Clinton won’t say if the Second Amendment makes gun ownership a right photo/screenshot

“I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulations,” she replied. “So I believe we can have common-sense gun safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment.”

Check out the full video clip below.

Clinton called her proposed legislation “constitutionally permissible.”

Stephanopoulos interjected that “the Heller decision also does say there can be some restrictions, but that’s not what I asked.”

“I said, do you believe that their conclusion that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?” he pressed.

“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations, and what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms,” Clinton said.

She acknowledged that “reasonable people can say – as I do – responsible gun-owners have a right,” but “the rest of the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regulatory, responsible actions to protect everyone else.”

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  5. Rich says:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

  6. Rich says:

    She’s lying, just like the commentary by this boy I ran across today where he claims that gun free zones save lives. Note the absolute and unequivocal claims. No lives can be saved by guns. No one should have guns. Only bad things happen when people have guns – never mind that World War II was ended by the power of guns.

    But again I say, neither this DNC committee member nor the boy who wrote the commentary, Grayson Everett, believes what is claimed. You know this because they aren’t advocating for the disarming of police. They want someone to have guns, just not you. Only the special people get to have them. They believe, like all statists, in a monopoly of force. They get to exercise it, and you don’t. Because all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than other animals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbshPA3M0Tw

  7. Stephen Powell says:

    If something is a right garenteed by the constitution then who has the right to regulate that right. Does that mean the 5th amendment can be regulated in some way? The rights given us by the constitution were not meant to be changed because you do not agree with them.

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