Document shows Clinton White House disagreed with right to bear arms

AP Photo

AP Photo

The Clinton Presidential Library’s latest “document dump” reveals that the White House counsel’s office disagreed with the Second Amendment interpretation of an individual’s right to bear arms.

A memo dated May 5, 1995, from Deputy White House Counsel James Castello advised President Clinton to choose his words carefully at a commencement address at Michigan State University.

“I understand that the President may talk about the right to bear arms in his commencement address today,” Castello wrote. “In doing so, he should avoid referring to a constitutional right of individuals to bear arms, because this would imply an interpretation of the Second Amendment that the courts have rejected and that might be inconsistent with the President’s own support of certain gun legislation such as the ban on semi-automatic weapons.”

Castello continued by mentioning an appearance on “60 Minutes” in which Clinton said the United States “believes and, indeed, enshrines in our Constitution the right to keep and bear arms,” an assessment with which Castello took issue.

“We have already received one press call asking whether, in this statement, the President was repudiating the courts’ (and most scholars’) view that the Second Amendment was aimed at protecting state government militias. The latter view derives support from the Amendment’s full text,” he wrote.

Clinton did not mention the Second Amendment in his address that day. He focused his remarks on domestic and foreign challenges, and anti-government extremism in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, which had occurred just more than two weeks prior.

In the previous year and a half, Clinton had signed into law the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, federal background check legislation.

 

clinton-doc-dump second amendment

Comments

Polititainment

Ted Cruz loves 'The Simpsons'

Ted Cruz really likes "The Simpsons." The Republican presidential candidate detailed his fandom during an interview on The Federalist Radio Hour Thursday, spotlighting two of his favorite episodes of the cartoon television series.

Rubio asked to 'spit rap lyrics'

Marco Rubio, friend of Pitbull, fan of explicit 90s rap lyrics and Nick Minaj, and 2016 presidential candidate, has sadly declined an offer to perform his lyric-spitting talents on live TV.

Gwyneth Paltrow quits food stamps

According to the New York Post's Page Six, the actress has already dumped the food stamps challenge she agreed to last week, binging on two gourmet dinners in one night.

Maher: Obama should be a better bragger

The host of HBO's "Real Time" labeled the $1 million he donated to a pro-Obama Super PAC in 2012 -- an amount he won't ever give in support of Hillary Clinton -- a "great investment," commending the president on his accomplishments.

Tiny child weeps over Hillary 2016

When Hillary Clinton announced her presidential campaign yesterday, you were probably devastated. So was tiny Zeke here.

t u

2016

Perry knocks 'young' GOP foes ahead of 2016

The possible 2016 contender during remarks to reporters in Nashua, New Hampshire, Thursday compared declared GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio to President Obama in order to illuminate why the young senators aren't yet the right leaders for the White House.

Jeb Bush: 'I don't need to go to Chipotle'

While munching and mingling with fellow Republicans at the Snow Shoe Club in Concord, New Hampshire, Bush was asked whether he frequents the fast-food chain Chipotle, at which Hillary Clinton was photographed purchasing lunch earlier this week in Maumee, Ohio.

Cruz, Rubio, Santorum on attending a gay wedding

Which 2016 candidates--declared or otherwise--would attend the gay marriage of a loved one?

Hillary's 'Scooby' van is handicapped

No, Hillary Clinton is not handicapped at the ripe age of 67. However, that didn't stop the Democratic candidate for president from apparently sticking her "Scooby" van in a handicap parking spot while stopping at a cafe in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday.

Hillary Clinton attacks CEO pay

The now-official Democratic candidate sent an e-mail to supporters following her campaign announcement that lamented the fact that regular Americans currently face economic difficulties "when the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes"

Policy

The TSA trained Disney World, SeaWorld

Disneyland, where dreams come true and TSA-trained employees are watching your every yawn and fidget and marking you down as a possible terrorist.

Marijuana: Not just for stoners any more

The media always loves to accompany stories about marijuana policy with bad puns and pictures of stoners.

Cruz, Rubio, Santorum on attending a gay wedding

Which 2016 candidates--declared or otherwise--would attend the gay marriage of a loved one?

Poll: Millennials financially optimistic

Crippling college debt aside, young people are feeling pretty good about their prospects of late.

Grassley: VA wrongly putting vets on gun ban list

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is demanding the Justice Department account for the fact that a “disproportionate” share of those on a “mental defective” gun ban list are veterans.