The head of the Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying arm for the National Rifle Association, mocked democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her sex life during a speech at the NRA's annual convention on May 20 (video below).
Chris Cox asked the audience if they had a right to defend themselves with a gun in their own homes against a murderer. Cox emphasized he was referring to people's own homes, not public places.
Cox then asked the audience if they knew where Clinton stands on this issue and said: "Let’s hear it from the horse’s mouth." Next, he cued a heavily-edited video of Clinton barking, notes Mediaite.
Cox pretended to apologize for playing the wrong clip, and then played audio of Clinton discussing the Second Amendment: "Here again, the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment, and I am going to make that case every chance I get. So, I will need your help on that."
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Cox then stated: "The Supreme Court said that you have the right to protect your life against a murderer in your own home and Hillary Clinton says they got it wrong."
However, Clinton was not referring to self-defense against a murderer in one's own home as Cox stated. reports Mediaite, which posted the entire original audio clip:
The original audio clip of Clinton discussing the Supreme Court and the Second Amendment surfaced on Mediaite:
The idea that you can have an open carry permit with an AK-47 over your shoulder walking up and down the aisles of a supermarket is just despicable ... I’m going speak out, I’m going do everything I can to rally people against this pernicious, corrupting influence of the NRA. And we're going to do whatever we can.
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I was proud that my husband took them on, and we were able to ban assault weapons, but he had to put a sunset on it so 10 years later, of course, Bush wouldn’t agree to reinstate them. We’ve got to go after this. Here again, the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment, and I am going to make that case every chance I get. So I will need your help on that.
Cox also took a shot at Clinton's marriage and sex life:
Friends, let me say this. Hillary Clinton has a legitimate chance to be the next president as long as people like us stay home, sit on the sidelines. And you know what? We’re giving her reason for optimism these days. She looks at all the discord and division and starts shopping online for 'his and hers' twin beds for the White House.
Cox feigned embarrassment, and reportedly pretended to apologize to his mother in the audience.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also appeared at the NRA convention, which endorsed him.
At the convention, Trump said, "Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate ever to run for office," according to The New York Times.
Trump added: "In trying to overturn the Second Amendment, Hillary Clinton is telling everyone — and every woman living in a dangerous community — that she doesn’t have the right to defend herself,” Mr. Trump said. “So you have a woman living in a community, a rough community, a bad community — sorry, you can’t defend yourself.”
However, Clinton has not tried to abolish Americans' Second Amendment rights to own guns as Trump claimed in his speech, The New York Times notes.
Clinton's website on gun violence prevention states she will:
Strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in the current system.
Hold irresponsible dealers and manufacturers accountable.
Keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill.
The website continues:
While gun ownership is part of the fabric of many law-abiding communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. About 33,000 Americans are killed by guns each year. That is unacceptable. It is a rebuke to this nation we love.
That’s why Hillary supports sensible action to address gun violence, including comprehensive background checks, cracking down on illegal gun traffickers, holding dealers and manufacturers accountable when they endanger Americans, and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers.