They’re Saying Clinton Will Take Your Guns Away. They Said Obama Would Take Your Guns Away. They’re Wrong.
As you should know by now unless you live under a rock, Donald Trump declared yesterday that “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.”
Even if you ignore the possible call for assassination in that remark, the claim that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment is ridiculous, given that Hillary Clinton has multiple position statements on the topic and that Clinton openly declared in her nomination acceptance speech, “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”
This isn’t Trump’s first declaration on the matter. In May of this year Donald Trump tweeted that “Hillary wants to rip the guns out of America’s hands. No guns = no protection.”
Regardless of how contrary to Hillary Clinton’s declared positions Donald Trump’s claims may be, the claims continue in a long line reaching back to besmirch the Democrat of the day. Before Hillary Clinton was going “to rip the guns out of America’s hands,” Donald Trump told audiences that President Barack Obama was going to seize Americans’ weapons: “You know, the president is thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away.”
The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre warned in early 2009 that “Barely 100 days into the new Obama-Biden administration, ominous storm clouds are already gathering over your most fundamental right as a free citizen: Your right to own a gun to protect yourself, your family and your freedom. Betraying all their campaign promises to protect your right to keep and bear arms or your freedom to hunt, the Obama administration has put its chess pieces in place and set in motion its strategy to do just the opposite.”
Shedding careful language and adopting the language of race war, Matt declared in 2008 that if Barack Obama were elected President, “He will take them all away from white people and ram it up our asses. Than he will force us to work the cotton fields while welfare reigns forever all powerful.” An anonymous writer from West Palm Beach, Florida repeated the theme: “If the great messiah get’s to be president, that’s when all hell will break loose. every gang banger, wantabe, hoodie, homie, ganster, will think they have open season on the sheep, and obama is going to take the guns away from all us crackers, and it will be an easy kill, and then the world will all be good and us hatefull whitey’s will all be gone. that is execpt for our dauthers, them’s breeding stock.”
Here we are in 2016, eight years after Barack Obama took office, and oddly enough the government hasn’t taken away your guns. Come back to the world in 2024, eight years after Hillary Clinton takes office, and I wager you’ll find the same. This ignorant fear mingled with hate is a cocktail most recently mixed by Donald Trump, but the foul soup is nothing new. Don’t drink.