Donald Trump Just Shot $3 Million NRA Ad Campaign In The Face
There is no more effective deterrent to gun ownership than the example of an inept gun enthusiast. For every story we hear about a homeowner shooting an intruder, there are ten stories of violence enabled by irresponsible gun ownership: Children killing themselves while playing with guns their parents have left out in the open, of gun owners killing their own children, of deranged right wing activists using guns in the attempt to spark treasonous rebellion against the U.S. government, or of the Vice President of the United States shooting a friend in the face by accident during a quail hunt among Texas political elites.
One thing no one can accuse Donald Trump of is the crime of actually picking up a gun and shooting another human being. Yet, Trump came disturbingly close to inciting such violence yesterday, when he suggested that, if Hillary Clinton becomes President and begins appointing federal judges, gun owners could address their grievances, not with petitions, but with their weapons. Trump told a crowd, “Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish — the Second Amendment. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks, though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.”
Gun merchants have spent huge amounts of money trying to convince people that gun ownership is normal, safe, and even family friendly, but impulsive comments like those of Donald Trump quickly erase the gains made by these marketing campaigns, reminding Americans that the difference between an idiot with a gun and an idiot without a gun is the difference between life and death. Voters now can’t help but wonder now what the consequences of Donald Trump’s reckless attitude would be if he carried a gun instead of just shooting his mouth off. From now on, every time voters see a Trump supporter getting worked up over gun rights, they’ll begin to wonder whether this is one of those “Second Amendment people” who might try to use their right to bear arms against President Hillary Clinton.
Many gun accidents are due to poor timing. Poor timing was certainly displayed by Donald Trump yesterday, as his hints of the assassination of Hillary Clinton by enraged gun owners came on the very same day that the National Rifle Association spent almost three million dollars with Starboard Strategic, Inc. on internet and television advertisements supporting Donald Trump, and telling gun owners that they should be angry at Hillary Clinton.
Before yesterday, these new NRA advertisements might have encouraged voter turnout. Now, they’ll only serve as a reminder of everything that’s wrong with Donald Trump and the American gun culture that he has embraced.