Hillary Clinton Claims She Doesn't Want to 'Repeal the Second Amendment'
Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sat down with Chris Wallace of Fox News for her first interview following the Democrat National Convention. Wallace directed the conversation to the topic of gun control and Clinton appeared to reverse her earlier position against the Second Amendment.
Just last year, audio was leaked from a Clinton fundraiser where she was heard saying, "The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment."
Clinton was referring to the SCOTUS decision on the Heller case, in which the court affirmed an individual's right to own a firearm. Simply put, the Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia could not prevent the plaintiff from owning a gun or having it available and accessible to use if necessary.
What's the point of having a gun if it's unavailable to use for self defense?
Newsbusters points out that back in May, a Clinton political advisor sent a statement to Bloomberg News that Clinton believes Heller was "wrongly decided."
But on Wallace's show, Clinton changed her tune and said she didn't want to see the Heller decision overturned. Here's the transcript:
WALLACE: And the Second Amendment includes an individual right to bear arms.
CLINTON: Yes, but 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.
WALLACE: I just want to pursue this a bit. Because, Heller — Justice Scalia, he said that the right to bear arms is reasonably limited. He let the door open to regulation. If you're elected president, you're going to appoint the Ninth Supreme Court justice.
WALLACE: Are you saying you do not want to see the Heller decision, the individual right to bear arms, overturned?
CLINTON: No, I don't, but here's what I do want. And I want to be very clear about this: I want the Congress to step up and do its job. I want to get out of the horrible cycle we're in, where we go and mourn dozens, hundreds, thousands of people killed by gun violence.
Everybody says, "Oh, let's pray, let's, y'know 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.
What sort of "common-sense" reforms is she "proposing"?