A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Aug. 10 that Trump's "Second Amendment" remark on Aug. 9 was not about threatening Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but was rather a warning of a possible armed revolt by gun owners (video below).
On Aug. 9, Trump told a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina:
Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.
A C-SPAN caller named Mike reinterpreted Trump's statement and reassured the program host (pictured above) and viewing audience that Trump was referring to possible anti-government violence, notes RawStory.com:
I was calling because, number one, Mr. Trump was not threatening assassination of Hillary. But what he was implying and could happen is if Hillary got her way and did do away with Second Amendment rights, there are a lot of us who are gun owners who are going to object to that very strongly.
And since we do have firearms, it might if it comes down to it be us having to defend our rights with those guns, just as the revolutionaries did in the Revolutionary War.
Hopefully, it never will come down to that. And I would point out that he said right afterwards that would be a horrible day when that happened.
As a matter of basic government civics, which is taught in many elementary schools, the president does not have the power to repeal constitutional amendments. Contrary to Trump's assertion about a president simply picking U.S. Supreme Court justices at will, the nominees have to be approved by the U.S. Senate.
Mike went on to falsely assert that Clinton has called for gun confiscation and insisted that the body count in the U.S. would be much worse if guns were "bad" and in everybody's hands.
A study of 2010 homicide statistics published in The American Journal of Medicine in March found:
Americans are 10 times more likely to die as a result of a firearm compared with residents of these other high-income countries. In the United States, the firearm homicide rate is 25 times higher, the firearm suicide rate is 8 times higher, and the unintentional gun death rate is more than 6 times higher. Of all firearm deaths in all these countries, more than 80% occur in the United States.
The United States has a serious homicide problem. The overall homicide rate in the United States is 7 times higher than in these other countries. Men in the United States are approximately 9 times more likely to be a homicide victim than their male counterparts in these other high-income countries, and women are 4 times more likely to be a homicide victim than women in these other countries...
Overall, our results show that the United States, which has the most firearms per capita in the world, suffers disproportionately from firearms compared with other high-income countries. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that our firearms are killing us rather than protecting us.