Anti-gun lobbying groups endorse Clinton, admit gun control ‘litmus test

Anti-gun lobbying groups endorse Clinton, admit gun control ‘litmus test’

Alan Gottlieb 
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Anti-gun lobbying groups endorse Clinton, admit gun control ‘litmus test

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Democrat Hillary Clinton, wearing an orange gun control sweater yesterday, picked up key endorsements today from two gun prohibition lobbying groups, Everytown and Moms Demand Action.

Perhaps the biggest non-surprise of the 2016 campaign came today with the endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton by two of the nation’s most vocal gun prohibition lobbying organizations, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, according to the Washington Examiner (no connection to this column).

According to this morning’s New York Times, Everytown President John Feinblatt declared in a prepared statement, “Gun Sense Voters have a champion in Hillary Clinton. Our litmus test is simple: does a candidate side with the public or with the gun lobby? Hillary Clinton passes that test with flying colors — pushing back against the N.R.A.’s extreme ‘guns for everyone, everywhere’ agenda, and ushering in a new political calculus that saving lives from gun violence is a winning issue.”

UpDate (9:22 a.m. PDT): Two of the nation’s leading gun rights organizations have reacted to the double endorsement, one calling it “damning proof” that a Clinton presidency would pose a direct threat to the individual right to keep and bear arms.

“It’s no surprise that the gun prohibition lobby has a litmus test based on erosion of the Second Amendment, and it is less of a surprise that Hillary Clinton passed it with flying colors,” said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “If there were any remaining doubts among American voters about Clinton’s intentions if she wins in November, these endorsements make it clear that she is determined to rip the right to keep and bear arms from the American fabric.”

Likewise, Chris Cox, chairman of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund, said it is clear that “The Second Amendment is on the ballot this November.”

“Hillary Clinton does not believe that law-abiding Americans have the right to use a firearm to protect themselves in their homes,” Cox said in a statement released to the press. “She said the Supreme Court got it wrong in its landmark Heller decision, which held that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. Gun control groups are endorsing Hillary Clinton because they believe that she will work to eliminate individual gun ownership in this country.”

In its coverage of the endorsement, the Washington Examiner noted, “Clinton has promised gun control on her ‘very first day’ as president, and has in the past backed new taxes on weapons and a ban on some firearms.”

The endorsement comes two weeks to the day after the National Rifle Association threw its support to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. His campaign got an unusual boost last night when a mob of anti-Trump thugs in San Jose attacked Trump supporters outside of a rally.

There was no such violent outbreak two weeks ago in Louisville, when tens of thousands of NRA members gathered for their annual convention. Indeed, only a handful of protesters could be found anywhere in the city, and nobody showed up outside of Freedom Hall adjacent to the Kentucky Expo Center. Some might suggest it was the drizzling weather that kept any protesters away, while others theorized that anti-Trump didn’t have the nerve to mix it up with gun owners as Trump spoke at the annual Leadership Conference.

Clinton spent part of yesterday beating up on Trump as a thin-skinned loose cannon who cannot be trusted with this nation’s nuclear codes. Speaking yesterday in San Diego as next Tuesday’s California primary looms, Clinton – wearing a bright orange sweater signifying her support for yesterday’s second annual “Gun Violence Awareness Day” organized by the gun prohibition lobby – the Democrat declared, “Donald Trump’s ideas are not just different, they are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies.”

Everytown was created by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg. He launched the purported “grassroots” lobbying group with a $50 million infusion of his own money and he also supports Moms Demand Action. However, Everytown spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb, insisted that the group does not speak for Bloomberg on the issue of the endorsement.

Everytown has pledged, the New York Times reported, to help Clinton in California. This weekend, Everytown will be manning telephone banks and doorbelling to support Clinton, who is in a tight race with rival Bernie Sanders.

Last night’s violent protest by anti-Trump activists included a burning of the American flag while protesters waved Mexican flags. Four people were reportedly arrested, according to ABC News.

KNBC in Los Angeles reported that Trump supporters were “pounced” by the protesters. Some people were punched and one woman was pelted with eggs and bottles, an incident that was caught on camera.

This kind of behavior by anti-Trump demonstrators might backfire on Democrats. Images of these attacks are the stuff of political advertising, and today’s endorsement of Clinton by gun control groups may only help solidify gun owners behind the Trump campaign.

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