In a recent ad, titled, “I’m With Him,” Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton wholeheartedly backed President Obama’s recent executive orders to
reduce gun violence chill the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
“An average of 90 people are killed in this country every single day. It has to stop,” said Clinton in the ad, which appeared during the president’s State of the Union address.
“It’s time to pick a side,” she continued. “Either we stand with the gun lobby or we join the President and stand up to them. I’m with him.”
The ad is a tacit potshot at Bernie Sanders, who is closing in on Clinton’s lead in the Iowa polls. Sanders, in the past, voted in favor of a sensible bill — The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — that shields gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits when criminals use their products.
Both Clinton and Obama want to remove that measure to open up the gun industry to all sorts of frivolous lawsuits.
Sanders initially defended his vote by drawing an analogy to a hammer company, arguing that we don’t allow lawsuits against a hammer maker if someone uses it as a weapon. But it didn’t take too long for Bernie to soften his tune, particularly because Hillary has been hammering him on the issue.
“Look, I’ve cast over 10,000 votes in my life, and many pieces of legislation are complicated. They have good stuff in it. They have bad stuff in it,” Sanders told ABC “This Week.”
“I am absolutely willing to take another look at that legislation and get rid of the onerous provisions,” he continued. “When gun manufacturers, for example, are selling guns into an area and know that those guns are getting into the hands of criminals, absolutely, those gun manufacturers should be held accountable.”
However, Clinton continues to say that his explanation doesn’t go far enough. That Bernie is soft on gun control.
“I think he has been consistently refusing to say that he would vote to repeal this absolute immunity from any kind of responsibility or liability,” Clinton said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Ugh. It’s crazy to think that just eight years ago gun control was viewed as political suicide — even for Barack and Hillary. Now, Democrats are fighting to prove who the biggest anti-gunner is.