Hillary is 'violently' against guns; it says so here! (click image for full-size view)
In one Clinton commercial, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung speaks of the “giant hole” left in her life by the murder of her mother. The daughter, Erica Smegielski, goes on to say that Clinton reminds her of her mother.
It isn't the guns; it's the votes.
By campaigning against guns in the primary, Hillary gains a disproportionate share of delegate votes in states where anti-gun bias is important.
Clarity Campaign Labs, a data strategy group that works primarily for Democrats but is not affiliated with either presidential campaign, has developed a model that assigns voters a score, out of 100, indicating their propensity to support gun control. The higher the number, the more likely the voter favors strong restrictions on firearms. According to John Hagner, a partner at the firm, in the upcoming primaries "the kind of Democrats who agree with Hillary on guns tend to live in areas that have the most delegates."
In Pennsylvania, surveys have put Clinton on pace to win again, even as her statements on gun policy stand in stark contrast with her 2008 positions. The Clinton of 2016 may alienate gun-owning Democrats in rural central Pennsylvania, but that swath of the state also offers the fewest delegates. By contrast, in Pennsylvania's second congressional district, which includes most of Philadelphia and awards seven Democratic delegates—more than any other district in the state—Clarity calculates a gun violence prevention score of 74.5. And the second district is surrounded by other delegate-rich districts with similarly high propensities to back gun reform. The pattern holds throughout the states that will vote over the next two weeks.(emphasis added)
Of course Hillary hasn't always held exactly the same opinions; in this interview from October in 2015, The HillaBeast had a softer view:
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton said during an ABC News Democratic debate, “What I favor is what works in New York. You know, we have a set of rules in New York City and we have a totally different set of rules in the rest of the state. What might work in New York City is certainly not going to work in Montana. So, for the federal government to be having any kind of, you know, blanket rules that they’re going to try to impose, I think doesn’t make sense.”
Clinton also responded to remarks made by then-Sen. Obama about people who have firearms.
“I disagree with Sen. Obama’s assertion that people in our country cling to guns and have certain attitudes about trade and immigration simply out of frustration…,”Clinton said. “You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl…”
She added, “You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”
“I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small-town America… Senator Obama’s remarks are elitist and out of touch. They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans, certainly not the Americans that I know… Americans who believe in the Second Amendment believe it’s a matter of a constitutional right, Americans who believe in God believe it’s a matter of personal faith.”
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Democratic activists told Rucker it was smart politics: She can clearly contrast herself with her top challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who hails from a rural, pro-gun-rights state and has a record to match.
In my next incarnation, can you put me in a world where there are Zombies instead of Politicians? If anyone has to eat my brain, I would hope it would not be a Democrat. That's so ... 1992!