The presumptive Republican nominee for President Trump Donald made the case to the National Rifle Association at their annual meeting in Atlanta over the weekend that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the 2nd amendment and that he would “cherish it.”
Clinton, meanwhile, fired back at a fundraiser for the Trayvon Martin Foundation, saying his accusations were false while calling for gun legislation like expanding background checks and safe school zones, according to ABC News.
Trump in his remarks said that he would do away with gun free zones, a position he held contrary in the past. After the Sandy Hook shooting he praised President Obama’s calls for gun free zones on school campuses. But at the NRA meeting over the weekend, he sang a different tune.
“Hillary wants to disarm vulnerable Americans in high-crime neighborhoods,” Trump said. “Whether it’s a young single mom in Florida or a grandmother in Ohio, Hillary wants them to be defenseless, wants to take away any chance they have of survival. . . . And that’s why we’re going to call her ‘Heartless Hillary.’ ”
Both Trump and NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre argued that Clinton represents a threat to gun owners. “You can kiss your guns goodbye,” LaPierre said, according to the Washington Post.
They argue that newly appointed Supreme Court justices could overturn the court’s Heller decision, which upheld the 2nd amendment for personal handguns.
Clinton refuted those claims quickly, tweeting, “You’re wrong, @realDonaldTrump. We can uphold Second Amendment rights while preventing senseless gun violence.”
In her address to the Trayvon Martin Foundation she pointed out that 92 percent of Americans support universal background checks.
“Parents, teachers and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms. Just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels by the way,” she added.
As CBS News points out, Trump hasn’t always held these pro-gun positions. In 2000, in his book “The America We Deserve” he wrote “I support the ban on assault weapons and … a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun,” two positions he now opposes.
To watch his full remarks at the NRA annual meeting click here.