Hillary: Yes, Government Can Regulate the 2nd Amendment
Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic Party candidate for president, told a national audience in a TV interview on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos — whose previous employment included a stint in the Clinton Administration White House — that, oh yes, government has the “right” to regulate the Second Amendment.
She also said most people in the United States agreed with her — until Antonin Scalia, the recently deceased Supreme Court justice who actually understood and honored constitutional limitations on the political branches, threw a judicial monkey wrench into the statist works.
Stephanopoulos began with the question: “Do you believe an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right? That it’s not linked to the service in the militia?”
If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations.
To which Hillary responded: “I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment, until the decision by the late Justice Scalia. And there was no argument until then that localities, and states, and the federal government had a right — as we do with every amendment — to impose reasonable regulations.”
Chillingly, she also said, with respect to the concept of an individual’s right to bear arms — as stated by the Constitution — that “if it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations.”Local Archived Copy