On the web site/forum “Guns Tips and Talk,” several commenters had less than flattering things to say about the former secretary of state. In all candor, the quote they picked about Hillary’s explanation of her accomplishments at State is not the most elegant or persuasive.
If gun owners as a group oppose Hillary, that will surprise no one. But if there is another message in the quote from Hillary is that she needs to do a better job of articulating her accomplishments and strategy. Give her time and I’m sure she will find a more articulate way to describe her accomplishments.
Relative to guns as an issue, Hillary is something of a moderate. Here’s what she said about guns and gun control back in 2008:
I respect the Second Amendment. I respect the rights of lawful gun owners to own guns, to use their guns, but I also believe that most lawful gun owners whom I have spoken with for many years across our country also want to be sure that we keep those guns out of the wrong hands. And as president, I will work to try to bridge this divide, which I think has been polarizing and, frankly, doesn’t reflect the common sense of the American people. We will strike the right balance to protect the constitutional right but to give people the feeling & the reality that they will be protected from guns in the wrong hands.
If you believe as a large segment of gun owners do that there should be no restriction whatever, then her position is problematic. On the other hand, most Americans would agree with her comments above.
The other point worth mentioning is that the deluge of criticism about Hillary’s foreign policy experience and decision-making is just starting. Expect to read a lot more of it. Nothing could be more of a target than a former Secretary of State. I’m having a hard time coming up with the name of someone who held that position and retired unscathed by history or critiqued by those with different political philosophies.