Hillary Clinton refuses to say individuals have the right to keep and bear arms
Hillary Clinton was asked a direct question by George Stephanopoulos about the Second Amendment: “Do you believe an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right? That it’s not linked to the service in the militia?”
That is a pretty straightforward question and a simple “yes” or “no” would have sufficed but of course the former Secretary of State avoided the question by more or less the government has the right to regulate the Second Amendment.
Here is what she said:
I think that for most of our history there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment, until the decision by the late Justice [Antonin] 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.
Here is the video of the exchange:
But that was not the question, the question was whether or not she believed it was an individual right not whether or not the government could regulate it. It is pretty clear to me that she does not believe the Second Amendment is an individual right because if she did she could have said so and then went on to say the government reserves the right (rightly or wrongly) to regulate the amendment. But she chose to use the question to attack the late the late Justice Scalia instead.
If these people are hellbent on trying to tie the Second Amendment to the militia perhaps they should look up how the United States Code defines the militia…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium