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The National Rifle Association has no illusions about the importance of an election where the winner could end up appointing anywhere from three to five Supreme Court justices.
In an era where rights are seemingly granted or taken away at the whim of the majority of nine, a left-dominated court could spell disaster for the current and historic interpretation of the 2nd Amendment and the reversal of pro-gun decisions such as Heller vs the District of Columbia and others.
Consequently, right before Donald Trump walked on stage to give a speech at the NRA’s annual convention in Louisville, Kentucky, the group made their official endorsement. Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, had some timely advice for everyone concerned about their 2nd Amendment rights, “Now is the time to unite. If your preferred candidate dropped out of the race, it’s time to get over it.”
According to both Cox and CEO Wayne LaPierre, the “Second Amendment is on the ballot in November,” and Trump wasn’t shy about pushing those talking points in his speech.
“The Second Amendment is under a threat like never before. Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun … candidate ever to run for office. And, as I said before, she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to take your guns away. She wants to abolish it … We’re not going to let that happen. We’re going to preserve it, we’re going to cherish it.”
“This is the most basic human right of all,” Trump continued, “but Hillary wants to strip it away and strip it away from women, and all others … I’m going to put criminals behind bars, and guarantee that law-abiding Americans have the right to self-defense, 100 percent.”
The presumptive nominee also promised to reverse many anti-gun Obama executive orders.
Of his Democratic opponent, Trump told the energetic crowd, “If she gets to appoint her judges, she will abolish the Second Amendment. In my opinion, that’s what she’s going to go for.”
Hillary Clinton, of course, took issue with Trump’s statements, responding with this Tweet:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 20, 2016
Clinton can pretend she’s OK with the Second Amendment all she wants, but if/when she appoints judges in the mold of Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, it’s only a matter of time before the Supreme Court “interprets” the Amendment to mean something entirely different from what it does now.
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