Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Donald Trump's HUUUGE Lie About Hillary Clinton And Guns

"My opponent wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment." 

Those are the words of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and he has said that repeatedly throughout his campaign. It is a part of his overall fear campaign -- this time the fear of some gun owners that the government will take away their guns.

There's one problem with Trump's claim though -- it is a BIG FAT LIE! Hillary Clinton has NEVER stated any desire to eliminate the Second Amendment, or to take guns away from law-abiding American citizens. Here is what she said during one of the Democratic presidential debates:

"I believe in the Second Amendment. People have a right to bear arms. But I also believe that we can common-sensically approach this."

And here, from her own website, is what she does want to do about the gun violence in this country:

  • Expand background checks to more gun sales—including by closing the gun show and internet sales loopholes—and strengthen the background check system by getting rid of the so-called “Charleston Loophole.”
  • Take on the gun lobby by removing the industry’s sweeping legal protection for illegal and irresponsible actions (which makes it almost impossible for people to hold them accountable), and revoking licenses from dealers who break the law.
  • Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill by supporting laws that stop domestic abusers from buying and owning guns, making it a federal crime for someone to intentionally buy a gun for a person prohibited from owning one, and closing the loopholes that allow people suffering from severe mental illness to purchase and own guns. She will also support work to keep military-style weapons off our streets.
Those are all common sense solutions -- and none of them would violate the Constitution's Second Amendment. They also would not affect any honest and law-abiding citizen's right to purchase or own a firearm.

This claim of Trump's, like many of his other claims, is not true. That shouldn't surprise us, since he has no truth to campaign on -- just lies and generalities, all based of an attempt to scare people into voting for him. I'm not a fan of Republicans, but I don't ever remember a Republicans presidential candidate that based his campaign on this many obvious and blatant lies.

(The caricature above of Donald Trump is by DonkeyHotey.)

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