Hillary doesn’t think Pennsylvania voters are bitter. She thinks they’re stupid.


In her latest effort to win votes by changing the color of her spots, Hillary has just announced that she’s been a lifelong gun nut. Yes, you heard it right. The women who led the Million Mom anti-gun March on Washington is now a pistol-packing momma.

“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 said.

“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.”

Of course, Hillary couldn’t let the moment go without a wee bit of parsing:

“As I told you, my dad taught me how to shoot behind our cottage,” she said. “I have gone hunting. I am not a hunter. But I have gone hunting.”

This isn’t the first time she’s made the claim – there’s this from this past February:

“I have hunted. My father taught me how to shoot. I went duck hunting in Arkansas I remember standing there in that cold water it was so cold at first light I was with a bunch of my friends – all men – so the sun is up and the ducks are flying and they were playing a trick on me they were saying were not going to shoot – you shoot they wanted to embarrass me so the pressure was on. And I shot a banded duck they were as surprised as I was.”

Now, maybe Hillary’s telling the truth. Maybe she stood at the crack of dawn “in the cold water” waiting to bag her first bird. Maybe she’s a proud member of America’s gun “culture.” Maybe. But after her extremely detailed, and totally false, Bosnia sniper-fire snafu, I’d like a little more detail on her latest gun tale before we’re going to believe that Ms. Gun Control is the new Charlton Heston.

Let’s revisit Hillary’s actual history with guns and gun control, which, you’ll be surprised to find out, involves an awful lot of rewritten history:

ABC, February 2008 (via MyDD):

Gun Control Advocates Call Clinton a Hypocrite

…Andy Pelosi of Gun Free Kids, writes, “quite frankly, there are many gun control advocates that find it distasteful that Clinton appears to be running to the right of Obama on guns.”

Running for the Senate in 2000, Clinton appeared before newspaper publishers in May of that year to say that gun control was part of the raison d’etre for her Senate campaign.

CNN, May 2000: Hillary Clinton renews call for gun licensing and registration

NYT, May 1999: Hillary Clinton Appeals For Gun Control Lobbying

NJ.com, February 2008:

Clinton’s attack is highly ironic, as well, both because she has changed positions on guns even more rapidly than Obama, and because she has one of the strongest gun violence prevention (GVP) records of any federal office holder. To wit: Clinton stated her support for national licensing and registration of all newly purchased handguns in a May 2000 meeting with newspaper publishers, but stated during a debate last month in Nevada that she opposed implementing a national gun licensing registry…”.

Yeppir, there’s more than a bit of the pot calling the kettle in Clinton’s carefully parsed, but transparent and toxic attack. So, not only is Clinton’s arithmetic incorrect as to Obama’s so-called “rapidly changed position,” but her own stated stance on gun regulation has both changed dramatically and done so in a much shorter time frame. No hypocrisy there, right?

Gail Collins, NYT, February 2008:

“Clinton used to be very vocal about gun control when she was running for Senate in New York, but now there’s nothing about it on her Web site.”

So now Hillary says she’s really pro-gun after a life of being one of the most anti-gun politicians on the planet. Show of hands: Anyone surprised?


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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