The gun prohibition lobby and the Hillary Clinton campaign – seen by some as one-and-the-same – are going after Republican nominee Donald Trump for remarks he made at a campaign event, and a new Rasmussen survey says that 45 percent of likely U.S. voters think he is his own worst enemy.
Trump was speaking Tuesday at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington when he said about Clinton, in what defenders say was a badly-delivered quip, “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment folks, maybe there is. I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible thing.”
Trump is not a stand-up comedian. The New York Daily News today is calling for him to end his campaign.
Yesterday’s comment was made after Rasmussen polled 1,000 likely voters Sunday and Monday. Only 29 percent of those respondents said Trump’s biggest foe is Clinton and the Democratic Party. Another 20 percent said Trump’s biggest foe is the national media.
The same poll revealed that 47 percent think Clinton is her own biggest enemy, too.
But anti-gunners are going after Trump with vigor. Late Tuesday, the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility was out with an e-mail blast declaring:
Today at a campaign rally, Donald Trump ‘jokingly’ told his supporters: if you’re upset when Hillary Clinton wins, you should turn your weapons towards her.
“Donald Trump made it clear this afternoon he does NOT support our movement to reduce gun violence. And Dave, there’s no room for this violent rhetoric in our country. This is not what America stands for.”
In that e-mail, the Alliance undermined its own credibility by essentially putting words in Trump’s mouth.
Further, this “movement to reduce gun violence” is actually a gun control effort. It began with Initiative 594, which has proven itself unenforceable since taking effect in December 2014, and it now includes Initiative 1491, the so-called “extreme risk protection order” measure. Critics assert that the initiative language has serious due process problems.
In addition, a mental health advocate has authored an interesting blog about the measure that may be read here. It should be required reading for anyone interested in learning more about this new gun control campaign.