American Rifleman - October 2016 - 16

OFFICIAL JOURNAL

political report
By Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Machine
All in for Gun Control in 2016

T

oo often, newspapers report on
firearm-related issues ignorantly or
with deliberate dishonesty. But the
headlines shortly after the Democratic
National Convention (DNC), held this
year in Philadelphia, told a true story-
one that every American gun owner needs
to understand. From The New York Times:
"After Years of Setbacks, Democrats
Again See Gun Control as a Winning
Issue." From The Washington Post: "For
Democrats, gun control is no longer a
third rail." And from the Los Angeles Times:
"About Time for Gun Control."

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Simply put, the Second Amendment-
and your God-given right to defend your
life and the lives of your loved ones-is on
the ballot in November. That's not an overstatement; that's the plain and simple truth.
There was plenty of talk about gun
control at the DNC, and I'll turn to that
shortly. Talk, when it comes to politicians,
can be cheap. But their actions and the
company they keep speak volumes, and
in the case of Hillary Clinton and the relentless focus on gun rights throughout

the week at the DNC, eliminating your
freedom is clearly priority number one.
And so it seemed more than coincidental that just as members of the Democratic
Party were gathering in Philadelphia to
coronate Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee, the Obama administration
once again released a sweeping gun
control measure by executive fiat. With
little fanfare or warning, the U.S. State
Department's Directorate of Defense
Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a "guidance"
document that sought to turn gunsmiths
into regulated firearm "manufacturers" for
purposes of U.S. laws governing the import
and export of military materials. DDTC's
guidelines drag small businesses that
perform relatively simple work on existing
firearms into a regulatory regime that
requires thousands of dollars in annual
registration fees. Gunsmiths who fail to pay
could be looking at 20 years in prison and/
or a $1 million fine.
And then there was Clinton's choice
of a running mate-Tim Kaine, former
governor of Virginia and current U.S.
senator from that state. Perennially "F"
rated by the NRA during his tenure at
both the state and federal levels, Kaine
has proudly voted time and again
against Second Amendment-protected
freedoms. Clinton herself alluded to this
when she announced he would be her
running mate. "[B]ehind that smile, Tim
also has a backbone of steel," she told a
cheering crowd. "Just ask the NRA."
I don't know about Kaine's "backbone," but his anti-gun bona fides are
ironclad. As Virginia governor, Kaine
vetoed a bill that would have protected
the right of Virginians to keep their
own guns in their own cars. That same
session, he also vetoed a bill that would
have allowed concealed carry permit
holders to carry concealed handguns
into restaurants that serve alcohol, provided they didn't drink on the premises.
Both measures later became law without

any detriment to peace or good order in
the commonwealth.
Kaine's record has been no better in
the U.S. Senate. Against the NRA's opposition, he supported Sonia Sotomayor's
appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
And at her first opportunity, she voted
against the individual right protected
by the Second Amendment. Kaine also
voted for bans on private firearm sales
and supported limiting the number of
rounds a law-abiding person could carry
in a firearm for self-defense.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that
Kaine is no friend to gun owners.
Both Clinton and Kaine nevertheless
voice respect for the Second Amendment,
just as Barack Obama did before them.
But even as the national Democratic Party pushes to destroy the Second
Amendment, gun control advocates
obscure their true intentions with carefully
crafted messages. That's why they speak
of "gun violence prevention" rather than
"gun control." That's why they re-cast gun
restrictions as "closing loopholes" or merely
"common-sense" approaches to controlling
violent crime. And that's why a woman the
media described as a former Democratic
delegate and a volunteer organizer for
Clinton told an investigative journalist
that Clinton "for sure" would support banning guns but had to couch that agenda
in benign phrases. "You say [stuff ] like that
and people will buy into it," she explained.
But make no mistake, if pro-gun
voters buy into the Clinton/Kaine act
this November, they might never get
another chance to get it right. The next
president will decide whether we have
a Supreme Court that does or does not
believe in the Second Amendment.
And Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and the
Democratic Party machine have made
their position unmistakably clear.

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