Standing calmly on stage at the Circle of Mothers conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Hillary Clinton responded to Donald Trump’s histrionic comments about firearms, saying that the likely Republican nominee was pandering to the gun lobby (which he is) and opening the door for hatred to increase exponentially in our schools and communities.
In case anyone was asleep yesterday, the National Rifle Association endorsed Trump on Friday, even though he has supported gun control in the past and doesn’t allow guns in most of his establishments.
Trump went into his usual boring shtick and said that as president he’ll do away with “gun-free zones” in schools and on military bases. He claims that the terrorist attack in November in which 130 people were killed at the Bataclan theater in Paris might not have happened if concert-goers were armed.
‘If [the attackers] knew there were guns in the room, it might not have happened,’ Trump told the NRA faithful. ‘But there would have been bullets going in the other direction and carnage would not be the same by any stretch of the imagination.’
So apparently Trump thinks he knows about ballistics and is apparently quite certain everybody would shoot at the right target while in the middle of freaking out.
But Clinton knows that Trump is a moron and that this is a bad idea.
‘If you want to imagine what Trump’s America will look like, picture more kids at risk of violence and bigotry,’ she said while speaking at the conference, which was organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation. ‘Ask any of the mothers here tonight if they want to live in that kind of America.’
Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton founded the group after the teenager was gunned down by George Zimmerman, human pond scum. Who incidentally, has now profited from Martin’s death.
Fulton introduced Clinton to a crowd of about 200 people.
This lady that I’m introducing has a vision, has a simple vision, because what other woman do you know who can go from being a first lady to being the President of the United States? Do you realize who we have sitting in this room?
Many of the women at the conference were mothers whose children had died from gun violence and Clinton commended them for turning a horrible situation into something positive.
It takes a special kind of person to endure a loss like all of you and find a way to turn it into service.
The former U.S. Secretary of State fired back at Trump, who complained at the NRA conference that Clinton was ill-prepared to be president and then claimed (falsely) that Clinton “wants to abolish the Second Amendment.” Clinton has never shown any inclination that she wants to abolish this amendment. She’s in favor of additional gun control measures, and her campaign rightly denounced Trump, and told reporters that he’s “peddling falsehoods.”
She’s calling for strengthening background checks and wants to see firearms taken away from gang members, domestic abusers, and people who are severely mentally ill.
“Enough is enough,” she said. “Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby.
Just before Clinton’s speech at the conference, a campaign aide said Clinton planned to take on Trump’s remarks and tell the audience that she won’t “be silenced by the NRA and others and will continue to fight for reforms to protect our children.”
“She’ll talk about how Donald Trump will do or say anything to divide Americans, and how his dangerous ideas — like mandating that every school in America allow guns in classrooms — would make our children less safe,” the aide told CNN.
Criminal justice reform, as well as finding ways to address gun violence, have been critical components of her campaign. When nine people were gunned down at a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina last year, Clinton pressed for universal background checks on gun sales and more commitment to mental health resources.
I lived in Arkansas and I represented upstate New York. I know that gun ownership is part of the fabric of a lot of law-abiding communities. I also know that we can have common sense gun reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable while respecting responsible gun owners.
Clinton is absolutely right about this. And better, more effective gun control can’t happen too soon. The statistics bear this out.
Since the beginning of 2016, there have been 107 mass shootings. Some 5,039 people have been killed. And out of that number, 219 were kids younger than 11, while 1,077 teenagers have been killed. So those of you dumbasses who still think Obama’s coming for your guns, or that Clinton’s going to come for your guns, don’t you know enough to shut up when you’re wrong? That hasn’t happened. So put a sock in it. We’re all so done with you.
You can watch Clinton hand Trump’s behind back to him in the video below.