Hillary Clinton’s views on gun control change as frequently as her hairstyles.
The former secretary of State has veered from calling for a national registry to win a Senate seat in New York to recalling a childhood spent duck hunting when running for president. Now, she has swung back to her more restrictive views on the Second Amendment with an eye on 2016.
“I think that we’ve got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime,” Clinton said at a speech in Maryland on Tuesday. “I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people.”
She argued against concealed carry laws by referring to a case in Florida in which a man was shot during an argument over cellphone use at a movie theater.
“At the rate we’re going, we’re going to have so many people with guns everywhere, fully licensed, fully validated in settings … [like] a movie theater. And they don’t like someone chewing gum loudly or talking on their cellphone, and decide they have the perfect right to defend themselves against the gum chewer or cellphone user by shooting,” said Clinton.
Actually, there has been no increase in crime in those states that have instituted “shall issue” permitting laws over the past two decades.
So Clinton said those dire situations were seen overseas. “That’s what happens in the countries I’ve visited where there is no rule of law and no self-control,” she said.
These recent comments on gun control appear to be an effort to gin up the base
In fact, more Americans have concealed carry permits than ever in history, while gun crime falls every year. According to FBI crime statistics, gun homicides have decreased 50 percent in the past 20 years, and non-fatal shootings are down 70 percent.
While Clinton says she has not yet decided if she is running for president again, she is leading all polls of possible matchups and building a campaign.