Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Latest From a Trump Supporter, After Trump's 2nd Amendment Threat
Trump is lying again when he falsely claims Hillary Clinton would "abolish" the 2nd Amendment if she were president. Trump has shown himself, again, to be ignorant of our system of laws to understand that a president can't, on her own,"abolish" an amendment to the Constitution. His supporters are apparently too dumb to understand that fact as well. But there it is.
Trump is a demagogue -- someone who seeks power by appealing to people's fears and ignorance and promises to solve all their problems without giving them any details on how, except to say "I'm the only one who can do it."
We found no evidence that Clinton has ever advocated for repealing or abolishing the Second Amendment. Schwerin’s comments are largely consistent with what Clinton has said in the past few years about the right to bear arms. However, gun rights advocates argue that it’s reasonable to infer from a few of Clinton’s comments that she wants to roll back the Second Amendment as it’s currently interpreted.
Straight shooting on the campaign trail In both her 2008 and 2016 White House bids, Clinton has called for stronger background check requirements all the while affirming her support for the right to bear arms. Clinton does want to keep guns out of the hands of "people we all agree shouldn't have them — domestic abusers, violent felons, and dangerously mentally ill people," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence.
But Trump’s charge exaggerates the controls she wants to put in place and ignores what she has said on the record. "I believe in the Second Amendment. People have a right to bear arms. But I also believe that we can common-sensically approach this," she said in a January 2008 Democratic presidential debate.
Trump said, "Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment." We found no evidence of Clinton ever saying verbatim or suggesting explicitly that she wants to abolish the Second Amendment, and the bulk of Clinton’s comments suggest the opposite. She has repeatedly said she wants to protect the right to bear arms while enacting measures to prevent gun violence.
And here's one of Trump's supporters: