Mayor on Second Amendment Controversy: It's Typical Trump, 'Always Incendiary'

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

In other words, the Constitution does not protect unsafe speech - words likely to cause harm. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down these laws.

Donald Trump's Second Amendment comments aimed at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton didn't cost him any endorsements in SC, but there was more concern the GOP nominee should exercise control.

-That Trump was making a joke. Trump said that if Clinton were elected president, there would be "nothing you can do" to stop her from stacking the Supreme Court with anti-gun justices.

If Trump or his supporters like Bongino want to argue that this was a clear reference to organizing and voting before the election, he or they need to explain why this is something that only "Second Amendment people" can do.

The next day, however, Trump inflamed matters anew - and overshadowed a negative report about Clinton's use of a private email account as secretary of state - by going off script at a rally in North Carolina.

Trump's words were ambiguous.


WASHINGTON ― A day after Donald Trump said that maybe Second Amendment people could do something about Hillary Clinton or her potential judicial nominees, the National Rifle Association is out with an ad supporting him.

Trump's strategists have argued that he can win the election by appealing to working-class white voters in industrial states from Pennsylvania through OH and MI to Wisconsin. To date, Clinton has not once called for a repeal of the Second Amendment in the 2016 election cycle. Some others - on both sides of the aisle - had a different reaction, namely that the Republican presidential candidate was raising the specter of assassination.

He later defended his comments, saying he was trying to unite gun owners' votes and political power against Clinton. "You have the power to speak against her". Lisa Bolling, an elementary school teacher from Abingdon, Virginia, who attended Trump's event, said his many stumbles can only help him.

In its initial response to Trump's remarks on Tuesday, the campaign released a blistering statement accusing the media and the Clinton campaign of taking Trump's remarks out of context. When he suggested that "The Second Amendment People" can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with unsafe potential.

The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence, according to the official. Even one of Trump's closest supporters understands this. Sen. "You shouldn't joke about something like that". "It's contrary to everything we believe in".

The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon.


Shapiro may be right about that.

In the conversations, Trump or campaign aides denied any threat of violence against Clinton, CNN quoted a Secret Service official as saying. However, Trump has implied something more subtle.

The US Constitution's Second Amendment guarantees a right to keep and bear arms. As historians have pointed out, the Constitution's framers were influenced by Shays's Rebellion, which took place in MA a few months before the constitutional convention, when they assigned Congress authority to put down rebellions.

"Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is".

"By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics", he wrote. Apparently lying and callous disregard for national security are acceptable presidential attributes to many Americans.


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