Trump slams Clin­ton for ‘ heart­less’ gun re­stric­tions

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tucky. The gun rights or­gan­i­sa­tion en­dorsed the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee ahead of his re­marks, de­spite Trump’s pre­vi­ous sup­port for mea­sures like an as­sault weapons ban that the NRA vig­or­ously op­poses.

The busi­ness­man has taken a far less re­stric­tive stance on guns dur­ing the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial pri­mary. His call for end­ing “gun­free zones” across the coun­try was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally wel­comed by the NRA crowd. Trump cen­tered his re­marks on Clin­ton, claim­ing she would seek to “abol­ish” the Sec­ond Amend­ment through the Supreme Court and re­lease vi­o­lent crim­i­nals if elected pres­i­dent. He also called her “H e a r t l e s s Hil­lary” — a new nick­name f rom the brand­ing ex­per t f o r the likely Demo­cratic nom­i­nee — for back­ing re­stric­tions aimed at re­duc­ing gun deaths, say­ing her pro­pos­als would in­stead leave law- abid­ing cit­i­zens ex­posed to crim­i­nals. “She’s putting the most vul­ner­a­ble Amer­i­cans in jeop­ardy,” Trump said. He added that women in par­tic­u­lar would be at risk, a nod to what he’s said will be a se­cu­rity- fo­cused ap­peal to women in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Trump heads into the fall cam­paign with stun­ningly high dis­ap­proval rat­ings with women. The supremely con­fi­dent Trump ap­peared to ac­knowl­edge that weak­ness, say­ing that while his poll num­bers with men are strong, “I like women more than men. Come on women, come on,” he said.

Clin­ton’s cam­paign called Trump’s gun poli­cies “rad­i­cal and dan­ger­ous.” Se­nior pol­icy ad­viser Maya Har­ris said Clin­ton be­lieves “there are com­mon- sense steps we can take at the fed­eral level to keep guns out of the hands of crim­i­nals while re­spect­ing the Sec­ond Amend­ment.” Among the mea­sures Clin­ton sup­ports are ex­pand­ing back­ground checks to sales at gun shows and on­line pur­chases, and re­in­stat­ing a ban on as­sault weapons.

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