Two of the nation’s largest and best-financed gun control lobbying organizations have endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.
Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, two organizations supported by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, threw their weight behind Clinton two weeks after the National Rifle Association endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. An Everytown spokeswoman said neither group speaks for Bloomberg on this issue, however.
“Gun Sense Voters have a champion in Hillary Clinton,” Everytown President John Feinblatt said in a prepared statement. “Our litmus test is simple: does a candidate side with the public or with the gun lobby? Hillary Clinton passes that test with flying colors — pushing back against the N.R.A.’s extreme ‘guns for everyone, everywhere’ agenda, and ushering in a new political calculus that saving lives from gun violence is a winning issue.”
In a statement circulated via e-mail, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, asserted that “the NRA named Hillary Clinton as their biggest threat. And we couldn’t agree more. Hillary Clinton wears her ‘F’ rating from the NRA as a badge of honor, and has shown that she is the only candidate who has the conviction to take on the NRA’s extremist worldview of guns everywhere, for anyone, no questions asked.”
But Second Amendment groups quickly fired back.
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“It’s no surprise that the gun prohibition lobby has a litmus test based on erosion of the Second Amendment, and it is less of a surprise that Hillary Clinton passed it with flying colors,” said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“Hillary Clinton does not believe that law-abiding Americans have the right to use a firearm to protect themselves in their homes,” Chris Cox, chairman of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund, observed. “She said the Supreme Court got it wrong in its landmark Heller decision, which held that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. Gun control groups are endorsing Hillary Clinton because they believe that she will work to eliminate individual gun ownership in this country.”
Democrats will gather in late July to name their party’s nominee, and right now Clinton appears to have the nomination sewn up. However, as the California primary looms, she is still locked in a tight race with rival Bernie Sanders in that state.
Last fall, Clinton was caught on audio at a private fund raiser declaring that “The Supreme Court was wrong on the Second Amendment.”
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