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First Amendment People won’t rally for Second Amendment People

TRUMP SAID THIS, NOT THAT

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

In Wilmington, N.C., Donald Trump fell into the oldest trap in the book. He said something that could be easily misconstrued by a ready and willing media.

The left has savaged him. The reporters fell for it hook, line, and sinker, relishing in the moment when they could attack him.

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Even politicians who are normally conservative lost their minds.

The Donald, in his offhanded way, said that Hillary Clinton picking judges would very likely undermine the Second Amendment.

He is dead on. There’s no question about it — Hillary will change the makeup of the Supreme Court and will neuter our constitutionally guaranteed right to arm ourselves.

Here’s what Trump said:  “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks.”

In his offhanded way he continued… “Although the Second Amendment people—maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Clinton and her rapid response team immediately called his remarks a blatant threat against her. They tweeted it out and prompted the media to ask the Secret Service if they had a comment about this “veiled threat.”

The Secret Service did not have a comment, but the damage is done when the question is asked.

This “nothing burger” has blown up on Trump because that is what happens in the public arena during an election cycle. The dirty politics masquerade as legitimate reporting. There is not a single reporter in America who will be voting for Donald Trump.

Trump had best learn that lesson now and stick to his written remarks. In this shark tank, every word is bait.

To read what Donald Trump says about gun rights, click here.

STAND UP IF YOU’RE A SECOND AMENDMENT PERSON

Trump is right, of course. The Second Amendment is under siege and has been for the past eight years under the current president. Only the “Second Amendment People” have stood in his way.

It’s been a fight for the very Constitution, but it’s also been a great eight years for the firearms business: Gun sales and ammunition sales have thrived under President Obama.

After the Charleston, N.C. church massacre last year, and also after the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Obama touted the gun control reforms enacted in Australia as a model for America.

Those measures include banning semi-automatic rifles, even going so far as to confiscate the banned weapons that were currently owned across Australia. For those who did not  hand over their weapons, the law provides for a 12-month prison penalty.

That’s the kind of gun control measure Obama has been pushing.

Obama has also pushed for the ratification of the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which would allow the UN laws to supersede US sovereignty, our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

WAR OF WORDS

The media has lost its hive-mind over Donald Trump, and has brought out the heavy artillery. This is what they did to Sarah Palin, another Second Amendment advocate.

When Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson in 2011, how quickly the media allowed themselves to be manipulated by the left to promulgate the line that this was somehow the fault of Palin, because of this SarahPac graphic:

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Nevermind that those same “target” symbols are used widely throughout the media and are standard-issue icons used by graphic designers, and that political groups everywhere include “targeting committees” in determining which politicans they will focus on.

Alas, reporters and editors are quick to defend the First Amendment. They have First Amendment committees, workshops and symposia. They love the First Amendment because it allows them access they need to cover the news, and keeps them out of jail.

Journalists are low-propensity gun owners, however. They can’t tell what makes an AR different from an AK.  They report about assault weapons and gun violence, but never about bomb violence and knife weapons. When they talk about magazines and clips, they are speaking another language, and yet they are shaping the public’s perception.

When it comes to us “Second Amendment People,” who will speak for us?

Not Hillary Clinton, and not the news media that is backing her lock, stock, and barrel. No, this gaffe by Trump will  become the debate that will go clear into the fall, as gun owners become the political target of the 2016 presidential election.

(If you are a journalist reading this, don’t get up in arms. Here’s a quick set of bullets to help you become weapon literate.)

 

 

 

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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