Yes, the headline of this article is to entice you to guess who it is I’m referring to. Who, of all the candidates running for president in 2016 inspires the most confidence in voters that he or she (hint, hint, hint) will do whatever it takes to curtail the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners?
If you guessed Trump — well, you’d be wrong. If you guessed Bernie Sanders — well, you’d also be wrong. Because the candidate that won on gun control, according to exit polling in South Carolina, was none other than Hillary Clinton!
Clinton dominated South Carolina in the Democratic Primary, crushing Sanders by a near 48-point margin, beating the self-described “democratic socialist” with 73.5 percent of the vote compared to his 26 percent.
On gun control, which figured to be an important issue for some following the mass killing in Charleston last year, voters who favored reducing gun violence over protecting gun rights (81 percent of Democratic voters felt this way) chose Hillary by a 50 percent margin.
One of the voters, Graham Holson from Edgefield, S.C., claimed to have “tons of guns – handguns, rifles, you name it,” in an interview with C.S. Monitor. Holson, who also said he had a concealed carry, permit spoke about the gun problem in the U.S.
“As a country we’re becoming a cultural no-man’s-land where every house is a militia, and that’s not good,” said Holson, a Sanders supporter. “Also, I don’t understand these banana clips that are this long – I have no need to kill 20 people in 20 seconds.”
Holson was described as a “twenty-something” with a “jacked-up white pickup truck with a goofy pit bull riding shotgun.” I know what you’re thinking, does this guy even exist? Was he made up by this publication to pepper up their article with anti-gun rhetoric? Is he a government shill?
Assuming that he isn’t a fictitious character but is, in fact, a real human being, all I can say is this young man is a bit ignorant on gun culture. Starting with the obvious, the use of the word “clips” in describing standard-capacity magazines is a telltale sign that he doesn’t get it, especially for a dude with “tons of guns.”
Then, there is the implication that the size of the magazine determines the speed and the accuracy in which one shoots. Another myth. I’d much rather have a reliable shooter by my side with a limited-capacity firearm, e.g. Jerry Miculek with a six-shot revolver, than an inexperienced shooter with an AR-15 and a 30-round magazine. Sure capacity is important, but it isn’t the end-all-be-all when it comes to speed and accuracy. Experience matters.
Finally, the young man’s complaint that “every house is a militia” is disturbing. If he knew the text of the Second Amendment and had a proper understanding of the history of the U.S., chances are he wouldn’t lament the fact that more and more households are becoming well-armed. He would embrace it. He would encourage it. He would recognize that what protects us from the biggest existential threat to our existence — government tyranny — is our 2A rights.
Alas! He doesn’t. He just doesn’t get it. And, sadly, I bet he’s not the only confused voter out there. There are probably millions of gun owners who feel that Hillary or Bernie’s “reasonable” and “common-sense” stance on guns is what this country needs. I’ll I can say at this point, and I guess I can’t be emphatic enough about it, be careful what you wish for guys and gals, be careful what you wish for!