Clinton, The Debate and Gun Control
The Cato Institute looks at Hillary Clinton's remarks about gun control during that last presidential debate. I have to shamefully admit I watched the first twenty minutes or so of that debate, if only because there wasn't anything else I wanted to watch on- most news shows having been pre- empted for the debates.
I naturally felt Hillary was full of crap with her trying to come off as being pro- gun rights. I didn't think Trump came off as much better. He seemed unfamiliar with the issue and to be just making his arguments up on the fly, as he often seems to. Had he used some of the points in the Cato commentary, he might not have looked so foolish to me:
" So what does Secretary Clinton mean when she says that Heller was wrongly decided? Both dissents in Heller would have upheld a law that effectively banned handguns. Both dissents would have upheld a law that rejects the ability to defend yourself from criminals in your own home as a fundamental right. Or would Secretary Clinton reject both dissents in favor of some fourth view of the case?
Her position is vague and ambiguous. To say that you accept an individual right to bear arms but also believe that the government can ban individuals from owning handguns or operable long guns in the home raises the question of exactly what this individual right does protect."