On Tuesday night, CNN had a televised "town hall" with Hillary Clinton, hosted by Christiane Amanpour, covering a wide range of topics. Among the questions from the crowd, a school teacher asked Hillary about her position on gun control, specifically high capacity magazines and "assault" weapons.
"I'm well aware that this is a hot political subject. And again, I will speak out no matter what role I find myself in But I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation. We cannot let a minority of people - and it's, that's what it is, it is a minority of people - hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people."
Got that? Not just fighting gun control, or owning a gun, or even engaging in criminal activity. Now you are terrorizing the majority of Americans simply by holding a point of view. The opinion itself is a bridge too far for the would-be presidential contender.
After making this obviously inflammatory statement, Hillary attempts a redirect, saying the "vast majority of Americans, including law-abiding gun owners" want gun control measures that work to protect people from a "very, very, very small group that is prone to violence." But it was too late to repair her response: that people who hold a viewpoint in opposition to gun control are terrorizing Americans.
The remark might have slipped through, if not for the watchful eyes of Twitter:
HRC on 2A rights: "We cannot let a minority of people hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people"— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) June 17, 2014
Expect this quote to be featured prominently in campaign ads in the event of Hillary's eventual run for the highest office in the nation. A nation where, despite such grotesque characterizations, the Second Amendment is still the law of the land.