Hillary Clinton has no problem calling abortion a “constitutional right,” but when it comes to the Second Amendment, she has refused to take a position.
On Friday, Clinton thanked Planned Parenthood for providing abortions when she said that it was a “constitutional right” for women to get an abortion. (RELATED: Hillary To Abortionists: ‘Thank You’ For All You Do [VIDEO])
However, last Sunday, Clinton refused to say whether or not the right to bear arms was a constitutional right. (RELATED: Hillary Refuses To Say Whether The Right To Bear Arms Is A Constitutional Right [VIDEO])
Instead, Clinton criticized late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“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,” Clinton said. “So I believe we can have common sense gun safety measures, consistent with the Second Amendment. And in fact, what I have proposed is supported by 90 percent of the American people and more than 75 percent of responsible gun owners.”
When pressed again by George Stephanopoulos, if “an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right,” Clinton was even less committal.
“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations,” Clinton said. “And what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms. So I think it’s important to recognize that reasonable people can say, as I do, responsible gun owners have a right, I have no objection to that, but the rest of the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regulatory responsible actions to protect everyone else.”