Late this afternoon, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be signing copies of her book “Hard Choices” at the University Book Store in Seattle, then rushing to a fund raiser for the Clinton Foundation, and it remains to be seen whether she will take another swipe at gun rights advocates she accused of terrorizing a majority of American citizens yesterday on CNN.
The book, according to the Weekly Standard, is a “bomb,” with sales allegedly not reaching expectations. But that depends upon whose review one believes. Politico says the book sold 100,000 copies last week.
To Evergreen State gun rights activists, the thing that matters Wednesday morning is what Clinton said about them Tuesday during the “Town Hall” live broadcast. She was asked about guns and was not shy about offering an opinion.
“We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people,” Clinton said.
She was also “disappointed that the Congress did not pass universal background checks after the horrors of the shootings at Sandy Hook.” But the Second Amendment advocates she just insulted will say Clinton has the same credibility problem that other gun prohibitionists face, as detailed by this column’s Tuesday report on the remarks of recently-departed “Everytown for Gun Safety” chief Mark Glaze as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.
Universal background checks (UBC) would not have prevented Sandy Hook, and she knows it. Adam Lanza murdered his mother, took her guns and committed that atrocity. He did not bother with a background check. As Glaze noted, “nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting.”
Someone who did bother with three UBCs as required in California was Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger. He shot three people with semiautomatic pistols, all purchased legally with the proper checks. These were the very background checks that Clinton advocates want here in Washington, and Glaze seems to admit did “nothing” to prevent last month’s attack.
Quoted in an Associated Press story in this morning’s Seattle Times, Clinton seemed content with the arrest this week of alleged Benghazi ringleader Ahmed Abu Khattala in Libya. Clinton said on CNN that, “We want to know who was behind it, what the motivation of the leaders and the attackers happened to be. There are still some unanswered questions. It was, after all, the fog of war.”
People with sharper memories recall that, at the time of the attack, Hillary and several others were not blaming the “fog of war” but instead were blaming a tacky video that allegedly infuriated Muslims. She was wrong then, and gun rights advocates can credibly argue she is wrong now to accuse them of terrorizing the public.
According to the Seattle P-I.com’s Joel Connelly, she will dine this evening with 40 people who have shelled out $10,000 apiece to chat with her. Clinton, Connelly wrote, enjoys considerable popularity among certain groups, but that appeal is hardly universal.
It seems clear to many pundits that Hillary is running for president again. She probably will not run on a strong Second Amendment platform.