By Bonnie K. Goodman
Republican nominee Donald Trump is again attacking opponent Hillary Clinton for her position on gun rights. Speaking at a rally in Miami on Friday evening, Sept. 16, 2016, Trump pondered that of Clinton’s Secret Service agents “should disarm…let’s see what happens to her.” Trump vigorously defended second amendment gun rights at the rally contrasting himself with Clinton’s gun control advocacy.
The GOP nominee challenged his opponent to put in practice her position on gun control. Trump told the audience at the rally, “I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons. Disarm immediately. What do you think yes? Yes. Take their guns away, let’s see what happens to her.” Then the nominee responded to his question, saying, “Take their guns away, OK? It’ll be very dangerous.” Trump was arguing he would protect the right to bear arms, but Clinton would take them away although she is for gun control and background checks, she has never said she abolish the second amendment.
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook attacked Trump for his comments, saying “should be out of bounds for a presidential candidate.” Continuing Mook said in his statement, “Whether this is done to provoke protesters at a rally or casually or even as a joke, it is an unacceptable quality in anyone seeking the job of commander in chief.” Concluding Mook said, Trump “is unfit to be President and it is time Republican leaders stand up to denounce this disturbing behavior in their nominee.”
Friday was not the first time Trump has made controversial remarks related to Clinton’s Second Amendment position. The first time was after the National Rifle Association’s endorsed him in May. Then Trump said at their conference that Clinton’s bodyguards “should immediately disarm and let’s see how good they do. Let’s see how they feel walking around without their guns or their bodyguards.”
In August, Trump went further in his comments and many thought sounded like a call to assassinate, Clinton. At the rally in North Carolina, the GOP nominee said, “Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”