It remains to be seen if Bernie Sanders will get his way and have DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz removed as part of a deal to gain his support for Hillary Clinton.
In the meantime, Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Committee are working on policy positions.
“Everything is on the table and nothing is off limits,” Wasserman Schultz said Wednesday as the drafting committee convened for the first time.
North Carolina resort owner Bonnie Schaefer, who was appointed to the committee by Wasserman Schultz, made it painfully obvious the right to possess firearms will be on the table.
“I really don’t personally think anyone should have a gun,” Schaefer said on June 8.
A few days before Schaefer’s remark, Clinton was asked point blank by former Clintonite George Stephanopoulos if she wants to abolish the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights.
“Do you believe an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right? That it’s not linked to the service in the militia?” Stephanopoulos asked.
Clinton did not answer the question. Instead, she said the Second Amendment is open to regulation by the government.
“I think that for most of our history there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment, until the decision by the late Justice [Antonin] Scalia,” she said. “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.”
She also outlined her plan to attack gun ownership if elected:
I’m going to continue to speak out for comprehensive background checks, closing the “gun show loophole,” closing the “online loophole,” closing the so-called “Charleston loophole,” reversing the bill that Senator Sanders voted for and I voted against, giving immunity from liability to gun makers and sellers.
In May, Senator Jeff Sessions said Hillary Clinton would be “the most anti-Second Amendment president perhaps we’ve ever had.”
Sessions pointed to Clinton’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which protects individual Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.
“And what that means is, it’s no longer a personal right to have a gun, but every city, county, and state can completely ban firearms in America,” Sessions said. “This would be the greatest reduction of Second Amendment rights since the founding of the republic.”
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