Hillary Clinton addressed supporters in a town hall meeting that took place at Keene State College in New Hampshire recently where she praised Australia’s firearms confiscation and suggested that the United States government should implement a “cash for clunkers” type program to help rid the country of all the guns.
When one elderly man rose from the audience to ask, “[Regarding] handguns…Australia recently managed to take away tens of thousands–even millions–of handguns, and in one year they were all gone. Can we do that? And if we can’t, why can’t we?”
Hillary responded with,
You know, Australia’s a good example, Canada’s a good example, [and] the UK’s a good example. Why? Because each of them had mass killings, Australia had a huge mass killing about 20 or 25 years ago. Canada did as well, so did the UK. In reaction, they passed much stricter gun laws. In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program. The Australian government as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of…weapons offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns and basically clamped down going forward, in terms of having more of a background check approach–more of a permitting approach.
Clinton’s brilliant way of getting around the Second Amendment would be to “curtail the supply and set a different standard for gun purchases in the future.”
The theme of gun confiscation seems to be a popular one with Democrats these days. On October 3rd, Obama said the following after the Umpqua Community College shooting,
We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.
You can see Hillary discuss her plan here: