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Election 2016: The Choice Is Clear

Election 2016: The Choice Is Clear

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This feature appears in the November ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

Editing a monthly political magazine focused on the Second Amendment can be quite challenging, and even more so during a presidential election year. As this election season winds down, I start looking forward to what might be the light at the end of the tunnel—or could instead be a long, uphill climb for the next four or more years.

For the past several months, we’ve made it clear where the candidates stand on the right to keep and bear arms. Fact is, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump couldn’t be further apart on this important issue. 

All you need to know about Clinton can be seen in two simple statements. 

At a private campaign event in New York, Clinton told those in attendance concerning the 1996 Australian gun ban: “Certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.”With Nov. 8 quickly approaching, the choice is clear. Only a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for freedom. 

Most America’s 1st Freedom readers likely recall that what actually happened in Australia is that the government forcefully confiscated nearly 650,000 firearms of all kinds and destroyed them. The government threatened harsh prison sentences for those not turning in their guns, and it specifically stated that owning a gun for
self-defense was not a valid reason to keep it.

Last year, Clinton said of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.” 

What ruling was so “wrong” that Clinton plans to make the case over and over again? The court in Heller simply ruled that individual Americans have a right to keep a gun in their home for self-defense. 

Those two statements alone should be enough to convince any gun owner to not vote for Clinton. But look at Trump’s views on guns, and the decision becomes even easier. He has repeatedly pledged to protect the rights of law-abiding American gun owners. 

“It’s easy for Hillary Clinton to turn a blind eye to crime when she has her own private security force that, by the way, carries guns,” Trump said at a recent campaign stop. “I believe all Americans—not just the powerful—are entitled to security.” 

With Nov. 8 quickly approaching, the choice is clear. Only a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for freedom. 

Let’s all do our part to ensure that we don’t spend the next four or eight years battling President Hillary Rodham Clinton at every turn.