When asked plainly by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday’s “This Week” if she believes that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right, according to this post from CNSnews.com, she responded:
“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation. And what people have done with that (Heller) decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject was 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 regularity, responsible actions to protect everyone else.”
Clinton is referring to the landmark Supreme Court decision from June 2008 in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, in which it ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, although it said some restrictions are permissible, according to the story.
In the interview, Stephanopoulos noted that Clinton supported a 25 percent sales tax on guns back in 1993 “to get some handle on all this violence,” she said at the time. When asked if she still believes that, she said:
“What I was saying back then was that we have a lot of public health costs that taxpayers end up paying for through Medicaid, Medicare, through uncompensated care, because that was in the context of the push for health care reform and that we needed some way to try to defray those costs,” Clinton said.
“And I’m not going to commit to any specific proposal. I was speaking personally then. I would have to consider any proposal in light of how it interacted with all the others that we want to continue to advocate for, particularly, as I said, comprehensive background checks.
“But that was in the context of health care.
“When you have mass shootings, you not only have the terrible deaths, you have people who are injured. You know, I was just in San Bernardino yesterday. And I met some of the survivors. One woman who was shot twice, who’s had a series of surgeries. Two other women who were cowering in abject terror by the terrorists’ unbelievable assault on their co-workers.
“What they talked to me about is where do they get the financial support to deal with both the physical and the emotional trauma?
“You know, is it workman’s comp support, which is one of the arguments? Is it private insurance? Is it because they work for the county, something the county should pay for? There are real costs that people incur because of the terrible gun violence epidemic.
“And we have to deal with it. And I’m going to be looking for ways to deal with it. I’m not committed to anything other than what I’ve said in this campaign.
“But I do want people to ask themselves, can’t we do better than have 33,000 people killed every year by guns and many thousands more injured? And I take we can.”
Clinton went on to say that one of her main goals going forward will be to revers “the bill Senator Sanders voted for and I voted against, giving immunity from liability to gun makers and sellers.”