Hillary Clinton has sowed up vital endorsements from the mother of a drug-abusing gun trafficker killed while attempting to beat a neighborhood watch volunteer to death, a former congresswoman and her AR-15 straw-purchasing retired astronaut husband, and last but not least, the remains of a formerly-powerful gun control group that is now barely relevant on the national stage.
Clinton is enjoying a wave of support and endorsements that specifically cite differences between her and rival Bernie Sanders on the issue of gun control. On a frigid Tuesday morning in Iowa, the head of one of the country’s leading gun control groups echoed Lasher-Sommers’ praise for the former Secretary of State. Calling Clinton “a true national leader and advocate for the safer nation we all want and deserve,” the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Dan Gross told voters gathered in Ames that Clinton is the only candidate in the 2016 truly committed to gun safety.
“Doing what I do, I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of politicians and elected officials, including a number of those currently running for president,” said Gross, whose own brother was severely wounded in a 1997 mass shooting. “And I can say with certainty that when it comes to real national leadership on this issue there is so clearly one candidate that rises above all the others — and that candidate is Hillary.”
On Sunday, former Congress member and gun violence survivor Gabby Giffords also endorsed Clinton, citing her votes in the U.S. Senate against legal impunity for gun manufacturers and for federal background checks.
“Only one candidate for president has the determination and toughness to stand up to the corporate gun lobby — and the record to prove it,” she wrote, speaking for herself and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. Giffords, who now runs the pro-gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions, also praised Clinton’s promises to expand background checks and crack down on the illegal gun trade if elected president.
Then, on Monday, Sybrina Fulton, whose unarmed 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was gunned down in 2012, published her own endorsement for Clinton.
“I know Clinton is tough enough to wage this fight. I’ve seen her do it for years,” she wrote. “As first lady, she advocated for the Brady Bill and convened meetings on school violence. As a senator, she voted to extend the assault weapons ban and against an immunity law that protects irresponsible gun makers and dealers from liability. In spending some time with her in person, I also found a mother and a grandmother who truly heard me, and understood the depth of my loss.”
Clinton has inexplicably driven the race for the Democrat nomination into becoming a contest of which of the three candidates can move the furthest left to attack the Second Amendment of the United States. It says a great deal about how radical Clinton’s position is when avowed socialist/borderline communist Bernie Sanders is the right-most of the three Democrat candidates on this issue.
Republican candidates are being conspicuously quiet about the ever-leftward ant-gun shift of the Democrat candidates, presumably allowing the Democrats the proverbial rope to hang themselves with in the general election.