Looking to burnish his conservative credentials and rally the right, Donald Trump delivered a fiery speech at the National Rifle Association's convention and blasted his opponent for advocating tighter gun control policies.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee accepted the NRA's official endorsement on May 20 at the Louisville, Kentucky, national convention and told attendees that he's committed to protecting their Second Amendment rights.
After taking the stage, the businessman attacked Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her policy positions on guns. Trump warned the crowd that if Clinton becomes president, she won't merely push for stronger gun-control legislation -- she'll look to repeal the right to bear arms by stacking the Supreme Court with liberal jurists.
Clinton, he said, "wants to abolish the Second Amendment."
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"We're not going to let that happen," Trump said, per CNN. "We're going to preserve [the Second Amendment], we're going to cherish it."
The following day, Clinton campaigned at an event hosted by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, named for the Florida teenager who was shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchman.
"Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby, and we will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated," Clinton said. "As long as children anywhere are being killed by gun violence, we will keep fighting for our kids, because they deserve a president who stands up for them and stands with the mothers here. Their lives are valuable."
Clinton has many times denied the claims that she wants to abolish the Second Amendment.
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"I lived in Arkansas and I represented upstate New York," Clinton said in 2015. "I know that gun ownership is part of the fabric of a lot of law-abiding communities. I also know that we can have common-sense gun reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable while respecting responsible gun owners."
Trump, who pulled ahead of Clinton in aggregate national polls for the first time on May 23, received an enthusiastic endorsement from musician and gun-rights activist Ted Nugent, the Washington Times notes.
During his endorsement, Nugent chided conservatives who were still actively working to prevent Trump from winning the presidency.
“Don’t give me this ‘He’s not your favorite guy’ crap,” Nugent said, according to the Washington Times.