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During his October 11 speech in Panama City, Florida, Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton “wants to dismantle our Second Amendment” and asked why she can’t start by dismantling her armed security detail.
Trump segued into his Second Amendment comments by talking about Clinton’s relationship with law enforcement personnel:
We’ve all read the reports and heard the stories about how disrespectfully she treats law enforcement, how disrespectful she is to the Secret Service and many others in uniform–even [those] there to protect her. And by the way, these are weapon-carrying people. They carry weapons. Hillary Clinton wants to dismantle our Second Amendment, so maybe she should start with her security people not carrying weapons.
On August 7, Breitbart News reported that Clinton “snubbed” the National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP). The president of the NFOP — Chuck Canterbury — said he was “disappointed and shocked” that Clinton “declined” to even return a candidate questionnaire which had been sent to her campaign. Canterbury said the only other candidate to ever refuse to answer the questionnaire was John Kerry in 2004.
Additionally, the October 7 Wikileaks release contained an email from Clinton’s press secretary explaining that she is planning to use an “executive order” to implement gun control that Congress has rejected for decades. And during the October 9 presidential debate, part of Clinton’s response to a question about the future of the Supreme Court was her emphasis on all the gun controls she wants to put in place.
On the other hand, Trump was endorsed by the National Fraternal Order of Police and he pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice Scalia.” He described such justices as an integral part of guarding the Second Amendment, “which is totally under siege by people like Hillary Clinton.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.