Bill Clinton: Voting should be as easy as buying an “assault weapon”

posted at 4:21 pm on August 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Have we reached consensus on voter-ID?  At this afternoon’s rally in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, former President Bill Clinton waggled his finger once again and zinged gun-rights activists, saying that voting should not be harder to do than buying an “assault weapon.” Since those purchases require a picture ID and usually a five-day waiting period, most gun-rights and voter-ID supporters would probably agree (video via Twitchy):

Katie Pavlich pounced:

Actually, it wasn’t clear that Clinton meant this as an argument to voter-ID, but then again, it’s not clear what he meant.  He started off complaining about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which put a few states and other jurisdictions in a special class requiring preclearance of voting law changes because of past racial discrimination.  He then launched into a meandering list of people who were inconvenienced because states have supposedly made it harder to vote — negating his point entirely about race — and ignoring entirely the fact that most if not all of those states have expanded voting through mail-in ballots, and weeks of early voting days.

Besides, as the Supreme Court noted, the fact is that the Section 4 states have achieved parity in voter registration over the 40 years between the VRA’s 1964 passage and the 2004 election:

scotus-vra-chart

Clinton also ignores the fact that the court only struck down the preclearance formula from 50 years ago, not the entire VRA.  The Department of Justice can sue states under Section 2, only now it has to prove discrimination rather than forcing a few states to prove their innocence in order to exercise their sovereignty.  To the extent that his argument is cogent at all, it’s demagogic nonsense.

National Journal also manages to get the issue incorrect in its report on Clinton’s jab:

The states “made it harder for African-Americans and Hispanics and students and the elderly and the infirm and poor working folks to vote. What do you know? They showed up, stood in line for hours, and voted anyway, so obviously we don’t need any kind of law,” Clinton said with heavy sarcasm.

“But a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon,” he declared.

The assault-weapon mention is a barb aimed at antigun control groups that successfully blocked Obama’s proposal to require background checks before buying certain assault weapons.

Actually, they did no such thing.  The question wasn’t about background checks for certain types of rifles; it was whether background checks should be expanded to private sales and transfers of all firearms.  All retail sales of firearms, including mail order, still require a background check (unless precleared by a carry permit in some states, including MN) and a government-issued photo ID.  If Clinton wants to support that kind of system for voting, eliminating same-day registration and requiring voters to positively identify themselves, then maybe he can offer a more coherent endorsement.

Update: My friend Father Z cites the relevant statutes.  And man, I still can taste those pastries in Vatican City on the feast day of St. Joseph… (h/t Lisa Graas)


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They should hand out assault weapons at voting booths.

portlandon on August 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Saw no speeches but I`m guessing it was one HUGE liberal campaign rally.

ThePrez on August 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Alternate headline — “Clinton Demands Background Checks for Voting

jon1979 on August 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

What is it lately with the NeoStatists and their combining of different parts of their agenda?

Here it’s the “Assault Weapon” scam and voter fraud, what’s up with that?

Galt2009 on August 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Ha! Does the old sot know what he just said?

KCsecurity1976 on August 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Liberals think most of the populace is dumb, and Democrat voters prove their point. I’ll bite, let’s make voting as easy as buying an assualt weapon– background checks and ID checked.

melle1228 on August 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I agree Billy Bob Dumbass.

NotCoach on August 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Something I can agree with a Clinton on.

Had to happen sooner or later.

cozmo on August 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I basically have to show three forms of ID and do a background check to buy an AW in VA

Spade on August 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

They should hand out assault weapons at voting booths.

portlandon on August 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Then that would be a Free-Gun zone – I’m all for that having lost all of mine at the flour mill..

Galt2009 on August 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Works for me.

CW20 on August 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Indeed!!

RealMc on August 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

For once, I agree with Former President Bill Clinton. Voting should be just as easy as buying an assault weapon. You should have to show ID, and have a background check to vote, just like buying an assault weapon.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Just pulled out my license today at cvs because I wanted sudaphed. Voting is easier

cpcod on August 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

He started off complaining about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which put a few states and other jurisdictions in a special class requiring preclearance of voting law changes because of past racial discrimination.

Why are these clowns whining about the recent VRA case, when they whine about the voter ID laws? For crying out loud, Indiana’s voter ID law was upheld 6-3, and the very liberal Justice Stevens wrote the majority opinion.

My response to those who whine about voter ID laws? Eat me; it’s time to move on.

BuckeyeSam on August 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Harvard study reveals gun control counterproductive

http://www.smallgovtimes.com/article/harvard-study-reveals-gun-control-counterproductive/

“The study revealed several European countries with significant gun ownership, like Norway, Finland, Germany and France – had remarkably low murder rates.”

Ne mention of Switzerland where “Swiss men remain part of the “militia” in reserve capacity until age 30 (age 34 for officers).

Each soldier is required to keep his army-issued personal weapon (the 5.56x45mm Sig 550 rifle for enlisted personnel and/or the 9mm SIG-Sauer P226 semi-automatic pistol for officers, military police, medical and postal personnel) at home or (as of 2010) in the local armoury (Zeughaus). Up until October 2007, ammunition (50 rounds 5.56 mm / 48 rounds 9mm) was issued as well, which was sealed and inspected regularly to ensure that no unauthorized use had taken place”

http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/switzerland.asp

One in every home:

http://world.guns.ru/userfiles/_thumbs/Images/assault/as25/sig_sg550.jpg

“Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture – but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1566715.stm

Viator on August 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Democrats and those that think like them are very good at conflating things.

rlwo2008 on August 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Clinton also ignores the fact that the court only struck down the preclearance formula from 50 years ago, not the entire VRA.

So, Clinton lied. Again.

As a pastor once said, “A half-truth is a whole lie.” Not only is Slick Willie lying about the VRA, he still doesn’t have a clue in Hades as to what an “assault rifle” is. Or, he has decided to deliberately mis-lead.

oldleprechaun on August 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I will never understand the lefts fear of voter ID. /

Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Smartest, first black Presnick, ever!!!

Thomas More on August 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Willard certainly is expert at pulling the lever. So to speak.

viking01 on August 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Saw no speeches but I`m guessing it was one HUGE liberal campaign rally.

ThePrez on August 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I watched a PBS show last night on the 1963 march. It’s interesting that Harry Bellafonte turned to Charlton Heston to put the squeeze on Hollywood to back the march. Apparently, Hollywood liberals couldn’t organize a birthday party, so they got the gun nut to rally the troops for the cause.

BuckeyeSam on August 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Selena Gomez reacts to Bill Clinton’s statement.

John the Libertarian on August 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Bill Clinton: Voting should be as easy as buying an “assault weapon”

Since you have to jump through so many freaking hoops (unconstitutionally, I might add), the impeached perv may be on to something here. Then again, there ain’t no such animal as an “assault weapon,” except maybe Michael Moore’s breath.

Rixon on August 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

He’s still a douchebag, but i’d like to go on record as agreeing with the letter of his statement.

We should require the same rules to vote as we do to buying a firearm. It should not be “harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon”, so let’s make them the same. No harder, no easier.

Then let Bill explain that doing so would a) make it harder to vote, and b) nullify his douchebaggy statement as a simple lie meant for simpletons.

Midas on August 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

So a poll worker can stop you from voting if he doesn’t like the “feel” he gets when you claim eligibility?
 
Like that, Mr. President?
 
Okay. If you insist.

rogerb on August 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Have we reached consensus on voter-ID?

Yes! Make it so.

besser tot als rot on August 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

It is, you fool.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Saw no speeches but I`m guessing it was one HUGE liberal campaign rally.

Paul Wellstone style

DanMan on August 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

This is all about keeping black turnout at Obama levels in 2016 when there will be an old white lady on the ballot.

Mark1971 on August 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Since those purchases require a picture ID and usually a five-day waiting period, most gun-rights and voter-ID supporters would probably agree

And guaranteed that the gun registration rolls are far more accurate than those for voting.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Everyone, make sure that a driver’s lic. is NOT voted ID.

It only proves that the pic. matches the person.

It doesn’t prove that the person is eligible to vote.

Valid voted ID examples: birth certificate, passport, naturalization certificate. Add your own ideas. Most people don’t stop to think.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Where’s the Republican, out with a commercial using Clinton’s own words?

Yes, exactly where I thought they’d be. Nowhere to be found.

MNHawk on August 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

What a dingbat.

Pork-Chop on August 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

To the extent that his argument is cogent at all, it’s demagogic nonsense.

That is hardly new for Bill Clinton. Most of what he said was always demagoguery. And much of it was nonsense.

The only reason he has a decent reputation is because he is an expert in taking credit for what others have done.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Here where I am just about anything can be used as proof. Gas bill, water bill etc.

Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Private sales of “assault weapons” don’t require any identification. Clinton was not arguing for Voter ID.

Dan Minardi on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I am confused. Does he support Voter ID or does he support elimination of background checks for gun purchases? It’s one or the other but I am not sure which.

TXAction on August 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

So…logically, then, if you don’t own an “assault weapon” (and who doesn’t!)….then you don’t get to vote.

OK…I have more than one “assault weapon” so do I get multiple votes?

Oh, and could we define “assault weapon” as well? I just need to know if I need to get my Class III firearms.

Also, if I have a Firearms Trust can anyone I put in the Trust vote too?

I can just imagine all the Liberals and gun grabbers not being able to vote…brings a smile to my face.

ProfShadow on August 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, former President Bill Clinton waggled his finger once again and zinged gun-rights activists, saying that voting should not be harder to do than buying an “assault weapon.”

Frankly bringing up these liberal agenda issues gun grabbing from Bubba, the need for legitimization of sodomite relationships as a “marriage” by the thin-skinned rat, and all the rest is utterly inappropriate for something that is supposed to draw all Americans together.

This was nothing but a liberal pep rally. Trying to shore up support among the stupid people who voted for the thin-skinned rat. It was a lost opportunity for repairing the damaged race relations in this nation. Predictable but sad. I feel sorry for anybody that was there to honor what happened 50 years ago.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Voting should be as easy as buying an “assault weapon”

if he means like his party does, that you can do it over and over as many times as you can—he’s right.

Global warming is here because of the left’s preponderance of bovine fecal matter.

Don L on August 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Here where I am just about anything can be used as proof. Gas bill, water bill etc.

Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

how about we used Holder’s list of eye scans?

Don L on August 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

put a few states and other jurisdictions in a special class requiring preclearance of voting law changes because of past racial discrimination

You know, California has a history of racial discrimination against Asians. Were they in this special class?

agmartin on August 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

From the ‘Harvard’ gun thread:

One of them requires a photo ID in all states.
coldwarrior on August 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

And a check with the National Crime Information Center; and statements that you are mentally competent; That you are not a wife beater, drug addict, illegally in the United States, or fugitive from justice.

Most of which are actually qualifying items for being allowed to vote, as long as you vote Democrat.

And in many states, a long ‘cooling off period before you are allowed to take your purchase with you’ and individual licensure from state or local authorities showing that they approve of your exercise of your rights…

It would be nice if they required one or two of the above before voting.

LegendHasIt on August 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

LegendHasIt on August 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Has this idiot ever tried to purchase an assault rifle?

lhuffman34 on August 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Has Bill ever tried to buy a gun?

albill on August 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I am confused. Does he support Voter ID or does he support elimination of background checks for gun purchases? It’s one or the other but I am not sure which.

TXAction on August 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

This is all fun but look at the audience. Bubba was starting out with the premise that gun grabbing is good. He was talking to a crowd who believes there really is something called a gun show loophole. He was talking to thousands of stupid people who couldn’t tell you the difference between a clip and a magazine. People who think that you can buy an assault weapon from a vending machine at the NRA cafeteria.

Democrats are banking on being able to continue to use the illegals as voters and the changes to voting rights act has them more scared than morally outraged.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Has this idiot ever tried to purchase an assault rifle?

lhuffman34 on August 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Obviously not.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I agree with Bubba. It takes two IDs and a background check to buy a firearm. I forgo the the background check for voting but two IDs are better than one.

jerryofva on August 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

So, no more voting in CA, NY, …

peski on August 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Gee, I wonder why the US’s only black Senator wasn’t invited Bill?

Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but the older he gets the more he looks and sounds like LBJ.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Hey was Bubba referring to legally obtained assault weapons or illegally obtained ones?

stukinIL4now on August 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

We really know how to find the most idiotic people out of 300,000,000 citizens and hoist them into a sacred position where they crap all over the place.

vityas on August 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Clinton used that bit of sophistry because he knew that it would appeal to his base and resonate with the racists and grievance mongers who largely comprise the Democrat base. They are low information voter’s overall, believing what they’re told rather than researching to find the facts, and, since he is more than aware of that failing in his base, he knew that most of them don’t know that a photo ID and a five day waiting period is required to buy an ‘assault’ weapon and would believe him when he suggested that it was easier to purchase and assault weapon that it will be for the Democrat’s base to vote with voter ID laws enacted. It was a cheap way to take a shot at the GOP while he was at it.

He’s reprehensible. I’d say he should be ashamed of himself, but Bill Clinton has proved time and again that he doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Clinton and his wife, H.R. Clinton, have a problem, particularly with black voters. The accusation of racism that the Obama campaign lodged against Hillary,with the collusion of Ted Kennedy, though Bill, vis a vis that statement Bill made to Ted Kennedy about Obama ” Not so long ago he’d have been getting our coffee.’ worked in ’08 and it’s still working against them now.

Bill Clinton will say or do anything to make the black community believe that he and Hillary aren’t the racists that Obama painted them to be.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Note to Bill:
You have to produce a government issued picture ID to purchase a firearm from an FFL!
What a Maroon!

Another Drew on August 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Here where I am just about anything can be used as proof. Gas bill, water bill etc.
Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

And here where I am, it is officially decreed to be racist and illegal to require any sort of identification or indicating residence, or even have your name on the voters registration list.

And this state is required by the Legislature to issue drivers licenses and motor-voter registrations to anyone who asks… They even used to send them out by mail to addresses in other states.

I’m not a big fan of any sort of national ID card, though.

LegendHasIt on August 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Or as easy as getting a stain on an interns’ dress.

Herb on August 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Bill Clinton: Voting should be as easy as buying an “assault weapon”

Well I’ll be dam’d – I agree with Billy Bob.
Before being able to vote, I want every voter to have to:
1) Show a photo ID.
2) Complete a questionnaire about things like “Are you a convicted felon?”, “Do you abuse drugs?”, “Have you ever been deemed unstable?”, “Have you been convicted of domestic violence?”, “Are you a fugitive from justice?”, “Are you a legal US citizen?”, “Are you an illegal immigrant?”, “Have you ever renounced your US citizenship?”, etc etc..
3) Wait a week for the state to run a criminal background check.
4) Shell out $1000 or more for the privilege….

Now THAT’S how to make voting as easy as buying a gun (of ANY kind)!!

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Hey was Bubba referring to legally obtained assault weapons or illegally obtained ones?

stukinIL4now on August 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

He must have been referring to Chicago.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Isn’t it always just so shocking how pathological liars lie?

And yeah, that’s an oh-so-friendly-to-conservatives Reuters article.

M240H on August 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

In many states, CA for one, first-time applicants for a DL must produce a Birth Certificate, or Immigration docs that certify their age.

Another Drew on August 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Actually it’s easier . . . In Texas all you need to vote is a picture ID card or a voters registration card. To buy a gun you need a similar ID card and a phone generated computer check. Clinton is lost in a thick liberal fog without a compass or a map.

rplat on August 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but the older he gets the more he looks and sounds like LBJ.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Nah, he looks like the last days was W.C. Fields……without the humor.

Cody1991 on August 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

People who think that you can buy an assault weapon from a vending machine at the NRA cafeteria.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Do they have one of those??/
He11, I’m going to the NRA for lunch from now on….. :)

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

It takes a talented leftist to be able to lie about two completely different subjects in a single sentence. But Bill’s the man for the job.

Socratease on August 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Actually, if Clinton had his way he’d herd them across the southern border, run them straight to a voting booth, tell them who to vote for then give them a ride back.

rplat on August 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

There are plenty of voters who’ve done a lot more damage than the average purchaser of a firearm.

fatherspledge on August 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Private sales of “assault weapons” don’t require any identification. Clinton was not arguing for Voter ID.
Dan Minardi on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Dan’s right – in CA!
A “private sale” of an AW in this state would be illegal, and therefore a Black-Market transaction requiring only one form of ID: Benjamins!

Another Drew on August 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

How about making voting no more difficult than applying for public assistance? Or subsidized housing?

IndieDogg on August 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I also have yet to find someone who will make a home delivery with an AR – but the state will send a ballot right to my house….

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Alana Biden had no problem voting illegally in NH last November. But if she wanted an SKS she would have needed a real ID and a background check.

dogsoldier on August 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I will never understand the lefts fear of voter ID. /

Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

It makes it harder for them to commit voter fraud. There’s no other explanation.

RadClown on August 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Hey was Bubba referring to legally obtained assault weapons or illegally obtained ones?

stukinIL4now on August 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

BJ is so pathetic that the only “assault weapon” he can imagine is the one (he thinks) he was born with.

Women who have seen it simply laugh.

Cody1991 on August 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Private sales of “assault weapons” don’t require any identification. Clinton was not arguing for Voter ID.

Dan Minardi on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

In Colorado, thanks to the Demtards, any private sale of any firearm does in fact require that you go to an FFL dealer and run a background check.

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

So Clinton favors background checks, photo ID, and waiting periods before voting?

Raaaaaaacist!

AZCoyote on August 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Where’s the Republican, out with a commercial using Clinton’s own words?

Yes, exactly where I thought they’d be. Nowhere to be found.

Bazinga!

While I doubt the GOP / RNC will do an advert using Clinton’s words, I do expect a number of the 527′s and grassroot groups to do so.

The thing with progressives is…. at some point they will let the truth slip into their rhetoric. Call it a political freudian slip.

Imagine how close to legitimate our elections would be if not only all those on the voter rolls had to show an ID when they voted, but that it would be checked against a national database to prevent the tens of thousands who vote in multiple states – let alone multiple polling districts. Or if the voter rolls could be checked to insure that incorrect / invalid entries are not present – and that one has to be a legal citizen with a real address and verifiable identification before one is permitted to vote.

Athos on August 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

How about making voting no more difficult than applying for public assistance? Or subsidized housing?

IndieDogg on August 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Racist.

tetriskid on August 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

BJ is so pathetic that the only “assault weapon” he can imagine is the one (he thinks) he was born with.

Women who have seen it simply laugh.

Cody1991 on August 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

From what I’ve heard, that one would barely qualify as a Derringer….

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

OT, slightly. I am a great fan of Katie Pavlich, she is one of our best up an coming journalist.

Now to the subject at hand. Has anyone told Bill that his assault weapons ban did not work? And even dead people manage to find a way to vote?

DDay on August 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

And to be even more pedantic, an Assault weapon is by precise definition, one capable of fully automatic fire.

Only a few specially licensed dealers are allowed to buy or sell them (Class 3), and people need to jump through even more hoops than have been described above and and more expense to get one of them.

You are looking at thousands of dollars in costs ($200 in licensing fees) and up to a year of waiting, (depending on how well your County Sheriff knows and likes you) to legally purchase an actual Assault Weapon.

LegendHasIt on August 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Has Bill ever tried to buy a gun?

albill on August 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

No, his Gun was always in his pants….waiting to Pop off
whenever young women were around….

ToddPA on August 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

To the extent that his argument is cogent at all, it’s demagogic nonsense.

Looks like it’s time for Billy Bob to get himself a teleprompter.

GarandFan on August 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Voting should be harder than buying a gun. Until the Marxists were able to subvert the voting process, you actually had to pay taxes in order to vote for the government.

astonerii on August 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Or as easy as a fat intern.

LtT26 on August 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Has he lost his mind? Does he not understand how stupid this statement was? He just made an argument for voter ID better than most Republicans have.

jawkneemusic on August 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Worst Pres.’s ever list.

1. B. Obama. list to long to list

tied at 2nd Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter

“I never had sex with that woman”

“15% intrest and inflation at 15% the Carter Plan”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

No, voting should not be easier than buying an assault weapon. An assault weapon is a protected purchase under the Second Amendment — the Supreme Court has already set the bar as whatever your local police officer can buy for his or her personal defence, the private citizen can as well.

Voting is also protected by our constitution.

But fraud in voting is not, nor is ownership of guns by felons.

So, how to prevent both?

Mr. Clinton sets an equivalency, and he’s absolutely right.

unclesmrgol on August 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Thousands of people obtain semiautomatic weapons illegally. Therefore WC wants thousands of people to vote illegally. It’s that simple.

Rich H on August 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Actually, it wasn’t clear that Clinton meant this as an argument to voter-ID, but then again, it’s not clear what he meant.

What he wanted to say was, “shouldn’t be easier than raping an intern.” Didn’t make any more since but the line got poopooed anywho. That was just a throw away substitute. He never had to make since. Just wag that dog finger.

onomo on August 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Private sales of “assault weapons” don’t require any identification. Clinton was not arguing for Voter ID.

Dan Minardi on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I get, but don’t necessarily agree with the first part of your statement. But what the heck are you trying to say with this “Clinton was not arguing for Voter ID.”

DDay on August 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

So he wants to ban voting in California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois and Colorado?

Sounds a little extreme, but I’m OK with that.

Bruce MacMahon on August 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Bill Clinton: Voting should be as easy as buying an “assault weapon”

This coming from the Lord of Arkancide.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Has this idiot ever tried to purchase an assault rifle?

lhuffman34 on August 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Prolly not…….but he has a real bad habit of loaning his out.

antipc on August 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

From what I’ve heard, that one would barely qualify as a Derringer….

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

BJ is the typical, liberal effuped male. Look at what he married. Look at his life, and for lib women…. for heaven sake, look at how he treats women! Sheesh……

Discussions about the two of them being back in the WH is incredibly depressing.

As for the discussion at hand……….. BJ should work in a convenience store. He will find that 100% of his base voters have ID’s to buy cigarettes, cigarillos, beer and wine. He will find that granny’s come in – with ID’s – trying to buy cigs and beer for minors.

They all have photo ID’s.

They all have photo ID’s to get what they want.

The only reason to fight legislation for voting ID’s is because the Dems cannot win without committing fraud.

It’s that simple.

Cody1991 on August 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Private sales of “assault weapons” don’t require any identification. Clinton was not arguing for Voter ID.

Dan Minardi on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Neither does giving my son or daugher an “assault weapon”.

Voting is an inherently public act but exercising your second amendment and property rights are not public acts requiring government intrusion.

gwelf on August 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Bill drinks and talks to much.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

The only mistake in pointing out the errors in this speech are that they have learned on the left that the truth to the liberal and especially the black audience is ANYTHING they say it is.

The moral failing here is that you would use the power of being trusted to tell such lies for political power.

Conan on August 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Here where I am just about anything can be used as proof. Gas bill, water bill etc.

Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

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And here where I am, it is officially decreed to be racist and illegal to require any sort of identification or indicating residence, or even have your name on the voters registration list.

And this state is required by the Legislature to issue drivers licenses and motor-voter registrations to anyone who asks… They even used to send them out by mail to addresses in other states.

I’m not a big fan of any sort of national ID card, though.

LegendHasIt on August 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

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I’m with you, Legend’.

But we already have a “national ID”. It just doesn’t have a photogragh … yet: (

listens2glenn on August 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I’m all for background checks for voting, Slick Willie. Thanks for the suggestion.

Philly on August 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

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