In a speech in Washington state May 7th, Donald Trump made the audacious claim that Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away:
“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said last Saturday. “Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away and she wants to abolish the Second Amendment.”
There seems to be no evidence that this is true. Clinton has stated that she would like to limited access to guns by “people we all agree shouldn’t have them — domestic abusers, violent felons, and dangerously mentally ill people,” but this statement falls far short of wanting to abolish the Second Amendment.
At a rally in South Carolina in February she elaborated, saying “I know we are a smart enough nation to figure out how you protect responsible gun owners’ rights and get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.” Doesn’t really sound like someone trying to “take your guns away,” unless you’re a felon or mentally ill.
Trump on the other hand seems to have a less nuanced stance on gun control, famously claiming that the Paris attacks “would have played out differently with the bullets flying in the other direction.”
While Trump and Clinton differ on the degree to which guns should be regulate in this country, to accuse Clinton of wanting to abolish the Second Amendment is patently false. Politifact could not find a single instance where Clinton wanted to ban all guns or promoted abolishing the Second Amendment, with the only caveat being a single statement in which she said that an idea like Australia’s compulsory automatic and semi-automatic gun buyback program was “worth looking into.” Hardly an endorsement of “taking your guns away.”