Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hillary Won’t Pander

Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump was a politician beholden to the gun lobby, and that his presidency would mean "more kids at risk of violence and bigotry."
Her comments were made at the Trayvon Martin Foundation's third annual "Circle of Mothers" meeting after Trump used a speech at a National Rifle Association convention to blast Clinton as ill-prepared for the presidency and claim that she "wants to abolish the Second Amendment."  Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother had invited Hillary Clinton to speak. 

Hillary noted: "Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby, and we will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated.  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."

Trump had said that Hillary was "heartless" for backing restrictions on gun ownership, and that he’d overturn Obama's executive actions on guns and do away with gun-free zones, including in schools.

Clinton responded by explaining that Trump's vision is “dangerous,” and that while Trump wants to allow guns in schools, she believes parents, teachers and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms, like Trump does at many of his hotels.  She noted:"If you want to imagine what Trump's America will look like, picture more kids at risk of violence and bigotry.”

Although, Clinton supports additional gun control measures, she has never taken the position of wanting “to abolish the Second Amendment.”

After nine people were killed last year during a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, Clinton called for universal background checks on gun purchases and more investment in mental health resources.

Clinton said: "I lived in Arkansas and I represented upstate New York.  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."

She pointed out that favoring tough gun laws did not mean she was in favor of taking guns away from law-abiding owners.  The Democratic candidate for president added that our country is "smart" and "strong" enough to protect people while respecting "the rights of responsible gun owners."


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