There’s no way to say for certain how this presidential contest will play out; if we use the last six months as our guide, there’s no telling what Trump and Clinton will be talking about in September. We are in uncharted waters. Anything could happen.
That said, we can make some guesses. And it’s probably not going too far out on a limb to imagine that gun rights will become a major issue in this election season. This week, the National Rifle Association broke with tradition and decided to endorse Donald Trump for president. While the NRA has consistently backed Republicans, they do not typically come out with an actual endorsement. That they’ve done it this time should be a strong indication of how gravely they see the threat of a President Hillary Clinton.
“The stakes in this year’s presidential election could not be higher for gun owners,” said the NRA’s Chris Cox in a statement. “If Hillary Clinton gets the opportunity to replace Antonin Scalia with an anti-gun Supreme Court justice, we will lose the individual right to keep a gun in the home for self-defense.”
Trump, accepting the endorsement on Friday, said that Clinton would be a nightmare for gun owners.
“Crooked Hillary is the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate,” he said. “She wants to take your guns away from you, just remember that.”
On Saturday, speaking at a conference put together by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Hillary struck back. Characterizing Trump’s positions as “dangerous,” she warned that the Republican nominee would make America worse.
“This is someone running to be president of the United States of America — a country facing a gun violence epidemic — and he’s talking about more guns in our schools, he’s talking about more hatred and division in our streets,” said Clinton. “That’s no way to keep us safe.”
We’re going to keep hearing about this contest being a battle of two people that no one really wants to vote for, but when it comes to issues like gun control, we need to get absolutely clear on the choice. We need to move beyond personalities and who is more or less likable. This election should not be about which of these politicians we would rather see on the news every night for the next four years. It needs to be less about the individuals and more about the direction of the country.
That’s what the anti-Trump Republicans don’t seem to get. Okay, so he’s not exactly a traditional candidate. Okay, so he’s rude. Okay, so he isn’t 100% on board with every Republican Party issue. What about it? Would you prefer Hillary Clinton?
Right now, we have no way of knowing for sure what – if anything – Trump will do once elected. But if we just judge these two on what they say they’re going to do, the differences are stark enough to make the choice obvious and clear. Do we start pulling out of Obama’s America or do we cement his legacy for a generation?
That’s a no-brainer if there ever was one.