Perhaps looking for a way to prove that, on at least some issues, she’s even further to the left than Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is signaling that gun control will be a cornerstone issue for her campaign. Speaking Tuesday in Iowa City, Clinton said, “I’m going to speak out against the uncontrollable use of guns in our country because I believe we can do better.”
Clinton acknowledged that her stance against guns would be “controversial,” but she told the audience that she was determined to fight the good fight. “I think it is the height of irresponsibility not to talk about it,” she said, vowing to go after gun lobbyists if elected.
Clinton follows in the footsteps of her husband, whose presidency saw the passage of both an assault weapons ban and a national background check system. But we live in a much different time now, and most Americans have educated themselves on the uselessness of strict gun control measures. That doesn’t mean her message won’t appeal to the liberal base, but it may not resonate with moderate Democrats and independents. And without their support, Clinton is doomed.
Still, it’s unlikely that many voters already disposed to vote for Clinton will change their minds solely because of gun control. So we must prepare ourselves for the possibility of President Hillary Clinton, like it or not. The man in the White House today has been a fierce advocate for gun control; only his ineptitude has prevented a Second Amendment disaster. Clinton is much more politically savvy than Obama, and more likely to succeed where he has failed. That means that all the warnings gun owners have heard about this administration will carry over to Clinton. And this time, the worst-case-scenarios may actually come to pass.
“How many innocent people in our country, from little children to church members to movie theater attendees, how many people do we need to see cut down before we act?” asked Clinton last month.
These are the kinds of sentiments that appeal to ignorant, emotional voters, oblivious to the fact that gun control laws would have done nothing to prevent these tragedies. If Americans want to kill, they will find a way. Stricter gun control measures will only ensure that their victims have no way to defend themselves when the terror begins.
The dark era of Obama is almost at an end, and for that we all deserve a sigh of relief. But if it is replaced by a dark era of Hillary, that relief may be short-lived.