Chelsea Clinton: gun control is possible without Scalia

The former First Daughter of the United States discussed her views on gun control and the Supreme Court while stumping for Hillary on Thursday.

By Bronte price, PoliticKING

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, spoke out about her views on gun control during a rally for Hillary on Thursday. She said that the Supreme Court may be more receptive to gun control after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

The former conservative Justice, and defender of the Second Amendment, passed away in February, leaving the Supreme Court with an even number of justices. The court has been split 4-4 on many controversial issues since his death. If Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were to win the 2016 election, she would have the opportunity to appoint a liberal Justice to replace Scalia which could sway the high court on gun control.

“It matters to me that my mom also recognizes the role the Supreme Court has when it comes to gun control.” Chelsea Clinton said on Thursday during a campaign stop in Maryland. “With Justice Scalia on the bench, one of the few areas where the Court actually had an inconsistent record relates to gun control,” she added.

She also said that the Supreme Court has sometimes upheld local and state gun control measures, but has also struck down others under the Second Amendment.

“So if you listen to Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign and the major efforts pushing for smart, sensible and enforceable gun control across our country, disclosure, have endorsed my mom, they say they believe the next time the Court rules on gun control, it will make a definitive ruling,” Clinton continued.

Clinton said that it mattered to her that her mother is the only person running for president who, “not only constantly makes that connection but also has a strong record on gun control and standing up to the National Rifle Association."

She added that while she had always cared about gun control, the cause took on greater significance after she became a mother.

“This is one of those issues I didn’t know I could care more about until I became a mother,” she said. "And I think every day about the Sandy Hook families whose children every day, don’t come home from school. And I can’t even imagine that living horror and tragedy.”

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