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Hillary: When I’m president, we’re closing the “gun-show loophole” whether Congress wants to or not
Hot Air.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 10/05/2015 2:30:13 PM PDT by Kaslin

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Obama took the same attitude towards executive amnesty. Either Congress could give him what he wanted by legalizing illegals or he’d give himself what he wanted by legalizing illegals unilaterally. The president no longer loses in our system of (giggle) separation of powers, at least if he has a complacent caucus from his own party in Congress that’s willing to defend him on every power grab at their branch’s expense. Hillary’s building on that precedent now, in the middle of a surprisingly tough primary campaign, to stroke one of the few political erogenous zones that excites the left more than open borders does.

Hillary embracing gun control is a bit like Jeb Bush embracing Dubya’s legacy. There’s a lot of potential downside in the general election and comparatively little upside, but in the primary that calculus is reversed. Besides, if Hillary’s destined to be attacked as a gun-grabber in the general no matter what she does, just as Jeb is destined to be attacked as running for 43’s third term, they might as well embrace those images and earn some brownie points from their own side in the process.

The proposal most likely to generate controversy is using executive action to close the so-called gun show loophole, if efforts to pass new measures in Congress do not succeed, according to a campaign aide to Mrs. Clinton, who asked for anonymity to lay out the plans before the candidate does…

A central issue in Mrs. Clinton’s proposals are the background checks on prospective gun buyers, which are required for retailers at stores. But under federal law, they are not required at gun shows or over the Internet with private sellers.

Under Mrs. Clinton’s plan, she would use administrative powers to make anyone selling a substantial number of guns declared “in the business” of firearms dealing, and subject to the same rules as retailers, if Congress does not act, according to the campaign aide.

It was not immediately clear what the bar for being declared “in the business” would be.

When was the last time a degenerate responsible for a mass shooting used the alleged “gun-show loophole” to buy his murder weapon? The nut in Oregon owned 14 guns, every one of which turned out to be traceable to a federal firearms dealer. To the extent that today’s Hillary proposal is designed to capitalize on public horror over yet another massacre on an American campus, it’s an exercise in “gesture liberalism,” a feelgood do-something measure that doesn’t actually address a major problem. In fact, even the way this supposed problem is framed is a lie: As many of you already know, the “gun-show loophole” that supposedly allows anyone to sell an arsenal of weapons to a buyer without a background check is nothing of the sort. Where the sale occurs doesn’t matter, as Sean Davis explains. Whether at a gun show or anywhere else, if you’re selling weapons to the public repetitively and in any kind of volume, you’re a dealer for purposes of the law and are required to perform a check of the buyer. The “loophole” that permits sales without a background check effectively only covers sales between two private individuals who live in the state and only if the seller isn’t selling guns regularly. Think “dad selling his pistol to his son,” not “guy in a booth selling AR-15s to dozens of strangers at a gun show.”

Again, though: As with the “assault weapons” ban, this is less about Democrats trying to solve a glaring problem than about (a) signaling to the left that they’re on the team and (b) moving the Overton window, however marginally, towards greater federal regulation of guns. Which raises a good question from Greg Sargent. If Hillary thinks this is worth doing as president, even if just to polish her liberal cred, how come President Overreach hasn’t done it already himself? As for the broader politics of this, put me down with Drew McCoy as favoring anyone in the upcoming House GOP elections for Speaker and majority leader who has a strategy for restoring Congress as a check on the executive and is willing to speak up in favor of it. That’s the Overton window that desperately needs moving. It won’t be easy.

Hillary Clinton: We Need Universal Background Checks To Curb Gun Violence


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 114th; 2016; 2016election; 2016issues; banglist; clinton; demonrat; election2016; executiveaction; guncontrol; gunshowloohole; hillary; hillary2016; hillaryclinton; tyranny
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1 posted on 10/05/2015 2:30:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Hillary, you cannot be President when you are in Ft. Leavenworth.


2 posted on 10/05/2015 2:31:48 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Kaslin
My dearest Hils,


3 posted on 10/05/2015 2:32:04 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 10/05/2015 2:32:08 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Kaslin

It’s physically impossible to close the gun show loophole. It’s really a private sale loophole, and there’s logistically not a damn thing you can do about private sales.


5 posted on 10/05/2015 2:32:38 PM PDT by discostu (dream big and dance a lot)
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To: Kaslin

There is no ‘gun show loophole’.


6 posted on 10/05/2015 2:32:42 PM PDT by akalinin
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To: exit82

Hey, Hillary—Bring it on!

We’ll be waiting for you……..


7 posted on 10/05/2015 2:32:53 PM PDT by basil ( God bless the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

No your not.


8 posted on 10/05/2015 2:33:26 PM PDT by RC one (....and subject to the jurisdiction thereof)
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To: Kaslin

Never


9 posted on 10/05/2015 2:34:17 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Kaslin
Tyranny, I Love it!

>:(

10 posted on 10/05/2015 2:35:05 PM PDT by KC_Lion (This Millennial is for Cruz!)
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To: Kaslin

If this evil witch would become president, she’s have an enforcement department that would make the Gestapo look like newborn babies.


11 posted on 10/05/2015 2:35:16 PM PDT by laplata ( Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: Kaslin
Most profoundly undear Hildabeast: you will never be president, so go climb a tree in the prison courtyard.
12 posted on 10/05/2015 2:35:19 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Kaslin
 
 
Doing what she does best - Lie.
 
 

13 posted on 10/05/2015 2:35:21 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: Kaslin

“Mrs. Clinton. What is ‘the gun show loophole’? Can you explain it?”

“Um. Ah. You know, it’s like, ah, a bad thing that, you know, we, um, have to, you know, fix because - guns.”


14 posted on 10/05/2015 2:35:37 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

‘Because There’s Life in the Old Girl Yet!’ LOL!


15 posted on 10/05/2015 2:36:02 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Kaslin

Half of my guns have been bought at gun shows and all have had a background check.


16 posted on 10/05/2015 2:36:13 PM PDT by Starstruck (I'm usually sarcastic. Deal with it.)
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To: Kaslin

FOAD UGLY, DRUNKEN SOCIOPATHIC, CRIMINAL, BOSSY BITCH.


17 posted on 10/05/2015 2:36:51 PM PDT by onyx ( PLEASE HELP COMPLETE THIS FReepathon THIS MONTH!)
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To: Kaslin

FUHRC!


18 posted on 10/05/2015 2:37:03 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Kaslin
When I'm president...

I don't have an issue with that.

It'll never happen.

19 posted on 10/05/2015 2:37:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (It's beginning to look like "Morning in America" again. Comment on YouTube under Trump Free Ride.)
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To: Kaslin

“Stroke of the pen, Law of the Land, ain’t that cool..?”

“I have a pen, and I have a phone...”

SCREW CONVINCING PEOPLE, right?

And screw that ole Magna Carta thang...?


20 posted on 10/05/2015 2:38:16 PM PDT by gaijin
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