Guns unite the GOP

July 20, 2016 07:45 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:02 pm IST - Cleveland:

There are numerous issues, including their candidate, that divide the Republicans, but guns unite them - perhaps even more than Hillary Clinton.

Chris Cox, an office bearer of the National Rifles Association (NRA) – the powerful lobby of gun manufacturers and owners – was a star among speakers on the second day of the Republican National Convention. For beginners, Mr. Cox introduced the NRA as “the largest and oldest civil rights organization in America.”
”We fight for the rights of all Americans, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation…”

Posing a danger to the ‘civil right’ to own and carry guns, is the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, Mr. Cox told cheering listeners. “It's that simple...a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court means your right to own a firearm is gone.
Make no mistake: this election isn’t about the next four years. It’s about the next forty years, so voting for Hillary Clinton, or not voting, is simply not an option…..the choice to own a firearm is ours to make.”

Guns are also a question of women’s choice, the NRA official said, and lauded Donald Trump for being in support of women’s choice always. “American women are the fastest-growing group of gun owners. Millions own firearms. And millions more are thinking about it. It’s not Hillary Clinton who says women should have that choice. It’s Donald Trump. Donald Trump is a life member of the NRA…and so are his sons, Don and Eric…”

A Republican model for women’s empowerment was laid out also by Lt. Governor Leslie Rutledge
of Arkansas. “Raised on a cattle farm, married to a row crop farmer, I’m a Christian, pro-life, gun- carrying, conservative woman,” contrasting herself with Ms. Clinton, whose husband Bill Clinton was the Governor of the state. “…this is what a real Arkansas woman sounds like,” she said. Donald Trump Jr, who was a prime-time speaker on Tuesday also vowed to fight gun control moves. ENDS

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