This time President Hillary Clinton kept her word. It started even before she was sworn into office. President Hillary Clinton outlawed firearms, just as she said she would. Legal scholars pointed out that President Clinton’s executive orders never said firearms were illegal, not in so many words. That was technically true, but that is what happened in fact. This is what happened in Hillary’s “Gun-Free” America.
President Obama had already appointed a large number of pro-government judges to the US Federal Circuit Courts. Clinton accelerated the appointments. She bypassed the legislative review process, by claiming a state of emergency. Of course, that was illegal, but 41 loyal Democrat Senators made Clinton immune from legislative rebuke. Elections have consequences.
The Clinton judges, along with Clinton’s executive orders, “reinterpreted” consumer products laws. The new Clinton laws let any “injured party” sue firearms manufacturers. The results were sad to watch. The victims of gang shootings in our inner city were mostly young minority men raised by single moms. Once the lawsuits started, these young men had more family than the Duggars. The injured had more relatives than the Daughters of the American Revolution. Teachers sued if their students were wounded. Chicago Ministers joined in the lawsuits if their parishioner’s house was hit by a stray bullet.
The trial lawyers who had missed out on the big tobacco settlement 19 years ago had learned their lesson. Tens of thousands of plaintiff’s lawyers had ten years of cases lined up in the courts in no time. Clinton responded to the “judicial emergency” and appointed special judges to hear the backlog of firearms related cases.
Any business who touched a firearm was mentioned in the lawsuits, from manufacturers to distributors, from retailers to gunsmiths. And, of course, their insurance companies. Any company with an insurance policy or deep pockets was named in the Clinton lawsuits.
Firearms sales to police agencies were technically exempt from the new Clinton gun laws. Lawyers from the firearms industry knew better and refused to sell even to the cops. They knew that thousands of firearms were stolen… or mysteriously resold, from law enforcement inventories each year. Each stolen gun was a potential lawsuit. Industry complained that they couldn’t make a profit selling to law enforcement.
That wasn’t a fault; that was a feature.
The solution was politically simple. A Clinton crony bought the rights and tooling from a recently bankrupt firearms company. President Clinton simply restarted a government arsenal to turn out guns for the armed forces and police. A percentage of each sale went to the Clinton Foundation.
Any agency or industry who accepted government money was told it was now a gun-free zone. That included a surprising number of places. A church was declared a gun free zone because state aid helped pay for their daycare center. Even armed law enforcement officers were told to say out… unless they were on duty. Taking the king’s shilling meant obeying the king… or the new queen.
Small-government states were outraged. Some pro-rights states closed the offices of federal agencies located in their states. Some states reacted differently. Big-government states were furious… that they didn’t get a cut of the now legal looting of the firearms industry. New York State imposed a special tax on any proceeds of the firearms lawsuits granted to New York residents. Other big-government states followed New York’s lead.
The news networks, the publicly traded media, were joyous at these new laws. Story after story claimed that President Clinton’s new gun laws would end violence in America. On the other hand, the public was furious.
The weak-kneed Republicans put up a bill that outlawed Clinton’s extra legal action. The Republican bill was filibustered in the Senate. The filibuster was finally broken by invoking special rules for closure. President Hillary Clinton simply ignored the new regulations and refused to sign them. Clinton had her federal judges and she had her 40 Democrat Senators to block her impeachment. Clinton granted herself special funding privileges to pay for her new anti-gun pro-safety initiatives.
President Clinton could do as she pleased, and she did.
Big box retail stores pulled their firearms inventory overnight. A legal feeding frenzy started as bankruptcy lawyers competed with personal injury lawyers to file lawsuits. Liberal police chiefs seized the inventory of smaller firearms stores so the “tainted assets” wouldn’t disappear before the lawsuits were settled.
Some large companies were exempt from the seizures. Those large companies sold their firearms inventory to overseas buyers. It turned out that those companies had made sizable contributions to the Clinton Foundation.
Gun owners found themselves on the Department of Homeland Security No-Fly list. Saying they were overwhelmed, the DHS stopped processing appeals. President Clinton set up “voluntary turn-in sites” where subjects could turn in their registered firearms. If you wanted to fly, you turned in your guns.
The interstate transport of firearms was outlawed. Being a registered gun owner was now probable cause for a traffic stop. Hell, having your car registered to the same address as a gun owner was a good enough excuse to get pulled over. Firearms were seized on the spot. Citizens could appeal in court… if they had the time and money. Some officers enforced the new gun ban. Some didn’t… And that was a problem for President Clinton.
That is how Hillary Clinton disarmed the US. What happened next is covered in part two.