Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in the middle of their first presidential debate, and the latest topic is gun control. The question which prompted the first statement about guns was about how to heal the nation following the high profile shootings of minorities, and in response one of Hillary’s top recommendations is to ‘get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.’
“The gun epidemic is the leading cause of death among young African American males,” Secretary Clinton stated. She then went on to state that our effort should be focused on taking guns out of the hands of people who “shouldn’t have them.” She then stated “I believe that common sense gun safety measures would assist us. […] We have too many military style assault weapons on the streets. In some places our police are outgunned.” Also on her list of “common sense” provisions to implement is a prohibition on firearms for people on the ‘terrorist watchlist.’
“We have gangs roaming the streets who are here illegally, they shouldn’t be here.” Donald Trump replied, hinting that making an effort to remove illegal guns would be as effective as the current effort for removing illegal immigrants from the streets of American cities. In response to Clinton’s statement about eliminating gun rights for people on watch lists he stated “I agree with you, when a person is on a watchlist or a no-fly list […] I tend to agree with that very strongly” that we should curtail rights for people on watchlists.
Posting from TTAG’s top secret above ground back porch. Tonight’s method of dealing with watching the debate: one part spiced rum, one part orange juice, two parts pineapple juice.
At 9:13 PM Central Lester Holt asked about how the candidates would stop “home grown” terrorist attacks like those in San Bernardino. While the question probably would have led into a conversation about gun control, the candidates pivoted to a discussion about something I was too drunk to remember.
The debate is now concluded. Which is good, because I’m running low on liquor.
[Updated 9:39 PM Central]