Recently, Hillary Clinton has stated that the Second Amendment does not give an individual the right to bear arms. She also hinted at mandatory gun buybacks, and even suggested America should adopt the gun control laws that Australia has. Like her husband and most other liberals, she is either unaware or apathetic to the facts.
First, let us take a look at Australia’s gun control laws. Passed in the aftermath of a mass shooting in 1996, they require a permit and/or license in order to purchase a firearm, and acquiring one means undergoing a lengthy and painful process. In addition, self-defense is not a valid reason in order to get a permit. A gun buyback program was also introduced. However, such measures did little to reduce crime in Australia.
Second, if a gun buyback program did take place here in America, then the cost to taxpayers would be astronomical. Millions of Americans own guns, and there are probably more guns in America than there are people. And just how much money would the federal government pay for each gun, not to mention the amount of money that would be put into such a program.
Finally, contrary to what Hillary Clinton and other gun control advocates claim, the Second Amendment does guarantee America’s citizens the right to bear arms. It is clearly stated: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In addition, the Founding Fathers elaborated on the meaning of the Second Amendment in a series of letters, pamphlets, etc. So the right to bear arms is what the Founding Fathers had in mind when the Second Amendment became part of the Constitution — hence their original intent.
Despite the mass shootings and other crimes that have taken place here in America, gun control is not the answer. In fact, the opposite has been a solution in dealing with such tragedies on more than one occasion. In other words, armed law-abiding private citizens have stopped many criminals dead in their tracks (literally in some cases). Since the police cannot be everywhere at once, an armed citizenry can be a powerful deterrent in preventing crimes from taking place, which in turn makes the job of law enforcement a lot easier. In fact, many of those in law enforcement support the right to bear arms.
The 2016 Presidential Election will probably be Hillary Clinton’s last attempt to become President. The Second Amendment (as well as freedom and America for that matter) hang in the balance.