8:09 AM, Oct 13, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tonight's Democratic presidential debate promises to focus heavily on gun control. But it wasn't too long ago that the leading Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, touted her own gun usage and asserted that Americans don't "cling to guns."
As Clinton said in the 2008 presidential race, in response to Obama's statement that Americans cling to their guns and religion, “I disagree with Sen. Obama’s assertion that people in our country cling to guns and have certain attitudes about trade and immigration simply out of frustration.”
Clinton added, “You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl.”
“You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”
According to a CNN article from the time, Clinton claimed to hunt ducks.
"As I told you, my dad taught me how to shoot behind our cottage,” CNN quotes Clinton as saying. “I have gone hunting. I am not a hunter. But I have gone hunting."
Tonight's debate is hosted by CNN.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:01 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Geoffrey Norman on the Senate's consideration of Harry Reid's gun control legislation.
Our national story is firearms all the way downMar 4, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 24 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Among the guns I own, my favorite is a Pennsylvania long rifle made for me by an old friend. It is a flintlock, shoots a .50 caliber ball, and uses black powder. The wood is rich, sinuous, curly maple. The trigger guard and butt plate are brass. It is a beautiful piece, and only the most ardent anti-gun zealot could resist its palpable appeal. First you admire it, then you want to hold it, and next you feel the urge to put it up to your shoulder and fire it.
The absurd battle to use terror to further the anti-Second Amendment agenda. 1:49 PM, May 7, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mayor Mike is coming for your guns, but not even this administration -- and this Congress -- is naive enough to play along. Bloomberg appealed to Congress this week to address what is oddly being called the "terror gap," but which supporters of Second Amendment rights better describe as "secret government lists." The question is this: Should U.S. citizens on terror watch lists be allowed to purchase firearms? The answer from Congress is yes (though the Huffington Post and the New York Times would have you believe it's just Republicans obstructing Bloomberg's "common sense" proposal).
Nowhere is perfectly safe--give the kids a fighting chance.12:00 AM, May 5, 2010 • By C.J. CIARAMELLA
A little more than three years ago, Seung-Hui Cho entered a building at Virginia Tech, chained the doors shut and began shooting. He killed 32 people--the deadliest school shooting in United States history. The tragedy sparked a nationwide review of campus safety measures. Colleges began coordinating with local police to update old and outdated emergency policies. But the shooting also caused many students, dismayed by the poor emergency response by Virginia Tech administrators and police, to start looking toward ensuring their own safety. A movement was born to roll back long-standing handgun bans at colleges, led by the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.
10:40 AM, Apr 28, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Gov. Rick Perry carries a pistol when he does trail runs in places where there are predators. On this particular sunrise run, a coyote was coming after his dog. I'll just reproduce the quotes, which make me wish I lived in Texas, where this is just plain talk from a politician:
"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote,"
"They're very wily creatures."
Real America. 12:55 PM, Apr 26, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
There is one sector of the economy that seems to be thriving in these hard times -- the gun industry. At least, that's the impression I got from a Sunday morning ride down to the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia.
With T-shirts emblazoned with provocative logos -- "I'm still clinging to my guns" -- it's pretty clear that the industry's success rides on the coattails of the president, who is largely seen as being against guns and for greater government control. But other than those few T-shirts, and stickers claiming, "Guns Save Lives," it was a surprisingly apolitical affair.
9:55 AM, Mar 31, 2010 • By C.J. CIARAMELLA
A federal judge last Friday upheld the District of Columbia's handgun regulations, finding them within Constitutional bounds and declaring public safety to be a compelling governmental interest. From the Washington Post:
U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina found that the new regulations were crafted to make the streets safer and aren't so restrictive that they violate the Second Amendment guarantee of a person's right to own a gun for self-defense.
The Second Amendment and the privileges or immunities clause.5:30 PM, Mar 4, 2010 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Two years ago, the Supreme Court heard the hotly controversial Heller case, in which it ultimately recognized a personal right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment. That case, which pertained only to federal (and District of Columbia) gun regulations, not state or other local gun regulations, sharply divided activists along partisan lines.
The Court is now considering McDonald v. City of Chicago, a follow-up case asking whether persons have an equivalent right against state and local governments. The familiar partisan divide has returned, but this time the more heated divide separates dueling factions on the right. Even more surprising is the subject of the debate: A 137-year-old line of Supreme Court precedent involving the Fourteenth Amendment.
11:50 AM, Mar 3, 2010 • By C.J. CIARAMELLA
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in McDonald v. Chicago -- the case challenging Chicago's handgun ban. Judging from the transcripts, it looks like a majority of justices favor applying the Second Amendment to the states. SCOTUSblog has an extended analysis of the day's proceedings:
"I just got the feeling that I'm on my own."9:50 AM, Mar 2, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
He's perhaps an unlikely plaintiff in a challenge to Chicago's hand gun ban before the Supreme Court this week, but the 76-year-old South Side Democrat says his right to defend himself isn't about party.
"I live and think like a human being, concerned for others as I am myself," he told Fox News.
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