Trump slams Clinton for ‘ heartless’ gun restrictions
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.