Want yet another blatant example of stupidity?
Watch the gun crowd applaud presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Ask Nathan Gibson of Johnston, Iowa, a father and gun fancier who lobbied to put firearms in the hands of his 10 and 12 year daughters by repealing an state law that prohibits children under 14 from using guns.
“I’m not a very big fan of Donald Trump, but I also think we won’t mess with the Second Amendment,” Gibson tells The Associated Press.
The Second Amendment is what the National Rifle Association uses to promote open access to firearms to any and all Americans. The NRA used its political power (and checkbook to fund contributions) to allow young children to us handguns.
The bill is widely known as the “toddler militia” law in Iowa now.
“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said to cheering NRA members in Louisville, Kentucky. “We’re not going to let that happen.”
Really? Another promise from Trump for the gullible to believe? Trump is a serial liar, who changes his campaign positions so often that he has flip-flopped back and forth in the same speech or a single interview.
In 2000, Trump supported a ban on assault weapons and wanted a longer waiting period to purchase firearms.
“Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions,” he wrote in his book: The America We Deserve.”
After the massing killings at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, he praised President Barack Obama’s call for more restrictions on gun ownership.
“President Obama spoke for me and every American,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 17 of 2012.
It’s difficult to know if anyone can speak “for” Donald Trump because a different person with different claims emerges just about every time he opens his mouth.
Trump claims Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. We hear the same claims from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA.
LaPierre also predicted the “end of gun ownership in America” is Barack Obama became President. Didn’t happen. Obama never proposed any such things.
“You can kiss your guns goodbye,” LaPierre exclaimed.
Clinton has never called for repeal of the Second Amendment.
Such false claims are normal for trade associations executives who need to scare their members and give them incentives to donate more money to their causes.
LaPierre and Trump don’t care about facts when it comes to rabid support of guns and Trump wasn’t a claimed supporter of guns until he decided to run for President this year.
His “transformation” is just another con by a slick, quick-buck artist who changes his claims and/or opinions in a flash to “close the deal.”
Trump also knows that gun enthusiasts who fill convention halls at NRA events are, by and large, gullible zealots who will accept what a pro-gun con man says without looking behind his or her words to see if there is any truth or substance to the rhetoric.
For those who demand the right to own and display guns on their hips or shoulders, they should be thankful that current background checks to purchase firearms do not include an IQ test.
If it did, many of them would be unarmed.
(AUTHOR’S NOTE: For the record, I’m a lifelong hunter, own a variety of firearms, and have a valid concealed carry permit in Virginia.)
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