""Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby," Clinton said during a keynote speech at the Trayvon Martin Foundation's Circle of Mothers dinner. "We will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated."
Clinton made the comments a day after Trump was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
"Parents, teachers, and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms, just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels, by the way," she said. "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."" nbcnews
Well… NRA has five million members and is in very sound shape financially. It is a member oriented, gun owner oriented group. It receives the great bulk of its funds through membership dues and some as well from gun manufacturer advertising in NRA publications such as "The American Rifleman." The gun manufacturers have their own trade association. There seems to be a generalized phenomenon in which the more anti-gun people like HC and Obama try to create impediments to gun ownership, the more NRA grows in numbers of members. There is a general belief in the US that when the anti-gun people say that their ultimate goal is "reasonable restrictions on gun ownership," they lie. IMO and that of most gun owners, the anti-gun people who say this really want a process that leads eventually to general confiscation or limitations that amount to the same thing. Hillary seems to be running on the basis that men, and particularly white men do not matter and that she will be elected by women, racial minorities, the far left, the media the LGBT "community," etc. This seems short sighted. The US is not the UK, Australia, Japan, or Canada when the issue of gun ownership is in play. There are about 100 million gun owners in the US. That is about a third of the population. Roughly 5 % of gun owners belong to NRA. That fairly low participation rate is not IMO reflective of a lack of sympathy for NRA. IMO the gun owning public generally supports NRA's political efforts but most people would rather not pay dues and are content to wait, watch and then vote. For HC to bait gun owners by associating them rhetorically with a loser like Zimmerman, the South Carolina lunatic and the mad boy at New Town is so provocative a thing to do that it will certainly cost her a lot of votes. In all those particular cases the guns involved were legally purchased and background checked. If that does not suffice what would suffice for HC?
OTOH, Trump's now passionate defense of the 2nd Amendment is so obviously opportunistic that it too can easily seen as pandering to his audience at the NRA convention.
But, pilgrims, gun owners can read HC's passion on this subject clearly, very clearly. pl