Yesterday, there were two “October Surprises.”
One was a 11-year old surreptitiously-recorded video capturing a private conversation that Trump had about getting handsy with other women.
The other October Surprise was Wikileaks releasing 2,000 of John Podesta’s emails, who the Chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign.
No one can defend what Trump said 11-years ago to in private to Jeb Bush’s cousin, Billy Bush.
But the string of Republican elected officials who have now “unendorsed” Donald Trump is remarkable given what we also learned yesterday about Hillary Clinton.
In an email dated October 4, 2015, Hillary Clinton’s campaign Press Secretary, Brian Fallon, discussed details of Hillary Clinton’s gun control policies not previously disclosed.
Circling back around on guns as a follow up to the Friday morning discussion: the Today show has indicated they definitely plan to ask bout guns, and so to have the discussion be more of a news event than her previous times discussing guns, we are going to background reporters tonight on a few of the specific proposals she would support as President – universal background checks of course, but also closing the gun show loophole by executive order and imposing manufacturer liability.
What Hillary Clinton’s Press Secretary is discussing is her plan to unilaterally and unconstitutionally change America’s gun laws by executive order.
Our background check system is limited by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton.
The law is very clear. Background checks are only required for firearms purchased through licensed firearm dealers (FFLs). The law is explicitly clear that the background check requirement does not apply to purchases made through non-dealers.
There is no way for Hillary Clinton to implement such a policy by executive order without doing so illegally and unconstitutionally.
But this action would also run afoul of another provision within the Brady Act. The Federal government is prohibited from creating a database of gun owners. Expanding background checks to private and non-dealer sales would make such a database possible.
Earlier this year, the ATF was caught illegally maintaining background check records within a database. Federal law requires that the ATF and FBI dispose of background check records after a certain amount of time passes. Obama’s ATF was caught illegally retaining these background check records.
If the ATF is already breaking the law and retaining records from a limited number of sales, what do you think that a liberal, anti-gun administration would do with a record of every single gun transfer in the United States? Considering that a Western Democracy has never been able to implement nationwide gun confiscation without first requiring nationwide gun registration, it is easy to connect the dots.
The news that Hillary wants to impose gun manufacturer liability is nothing new. No one advocates suing Home Depot when someone buys a hammer and uses it to kill someone, but that is exactly the standard Hillary wants to impose on gun manufacturers and sellers. So the minute someone commits a crime using one of their products, the victims would be allow to sue the gun manufacturers until they go out of business.
We’ve seen many Republican elected officials distance themselves from Donald Trump. Representative Jason Chaffetz (A rating from the NRA) has declared that he will not vote for Donald Trump. Speaker Paul Ryan (A rating from the NRA) disinvited Trump to a joint campaign event. Elected Republicans are un-endorsing Donald Trump because of a surreptitiously recorded private conversation 11-years ago.
They are declaring, in no uncertain terms, that a Hillary Clinton Presidency is now acceptable to them. Trump talking about getting handsy more than a decade ago somehow makes it okay to lay down and stop fighting the most anti-gun Presidential candidate ever to win their party’s nomination.
These Republicans are spineless, they are cowards, and they have no right to claim that they are pro-gun.
Hillary Clinton didn’t want you to know her plans to illegally and unconstitutionally implement universal background checks by executive order. But now the cat is out of the bag. Now you know. And with this knowledge of the greatest threat to American gun ownership comes a responsibility to fight against it.
The question is what is more important to the future of this Republic? Locker room banter from 11-years ago? Or a candidate’s pledge to dismantle the 2nd Amendment by unconstitutionally implementing universal background checks by executive order?