Hillary Clinton has had difficulty landing on a message. With a Democratic opponent just left of Stalin, Clinton cannot really move to the left of him on economic issues (not that she hasn’t tried).
To differentiate between herself and the socialist senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton has retreated to a classic: gun ownership and that pesky Second Amendment that protects it.
She has relentlessly hammered Sanders for being unwilling to embrace tyrannical violations of our Second Amendment and has falsely claimed that gun manufacturers hold immunity from lawsuits and also lied when pretending that crimes in New York are greatly augmented by guns purchased in Vermont, Sanders’ home state.
If you think Clinton’s anti-Second Amendment vitriol is something new, however, think again. Before she was a failed Secretary of State, she was a failed senator. Before being a failed senator, she was a failed First Lady who crusaded for several unsuccessful causes. One of these causes was calling for an implementation of a $25 tax per firearm for gun buyers and a $2500 licensing tax for gun dealers during congressional testimony.
Because nothing says “shall not be infringed” like imposing a punitive tax on people willing to exercise their rights…
When notoriously-liberal Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey questioned if she would support a tax on guns and ammunition to pay for health care reform, Clinton enthusiastically said, “I’m all for it.”
She nodded in approval as Bradley spouted freedom-hating nonsense and she enthusiastically nodded in cheerful approval when Bradley called legal gun dealers “purveyors of violence.”
Clinton understands that when government is no longer able to outright ban something, the next-best thing is to tax it out of reach for most Americans.
“Hillary Clinton knows you can destroy the Second Amendment by taxing guns. The power to tax is the power to destroy, and she’s using that against the Second Amendment,” Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said about the video recently unearthed. “In 1993, before a senate committee, Hillary Clinton outlined how she could use tax policy to promote gun control.”
The 1990’s were dark times in our nation history as the Second Amendment was under attack in brutal fashion. Many might be inclined to believe that given the recent momentum of Second Amendment efforts, something like this cannot happen.
Think again. Just this week, a $1000 per gun tax was approved in the Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory, and Seattle currently punishes gun buyers with a $25 tax for each firearm.