While some on the right are having second thoughts about their support for Donald Trump (assuming they were ever behind him at all), the NRA isn’t amongst ’em. Chris Cox is out with an essay at cnn.com explaining why the alternative would be a gun rights disaster.
Today, somewhere in America, Hillary Clinton will likely fly on a private jet under the watchful eye of armed security. For the last 30 years, Clinton has enjoyed the safety that comes with her armed security detail.
She has never had to worry about being alone in her home in an emergency situation. Unlike most Americans, she does not have to think about dialing 911 if she hears the glass break downstairs at 2 o’clock in the morning. And she never has to wait the national average of 11 minutes from the time she calls for help to the time the police arrive.
Despite that reality, she doesn’t believe you and I have the individual right to keep firearms in our homes to protect ourselves and our families. So where does that leave us? It leaves us with Clinton’s vision for America — one set of rules for her and a different set for the rest of us.
And given that she’ll have anywhere from two to four likely Supreme Court vacancies to fill in the next four to eight years, a Hillary presidency isn’t something gun rights supporters want to contemplate.
Plenty of Americans are having difficulty weighing their options this election season. Some have decided to check out altogether. We’ve apparently moved from the usual predicament of choosing between the the lesser of two evils to having to identify the evil of two lessers…and then voting the other way. Cox, the NRA, and those who vote their gun rights first and foremost seem to have decided that the choice is easy…they’d rather go with the devil they don’t know than the one they do.
The American people overwhelmingly believe the choice to own a firearm for self-defense is theirs to make. It doesn’t belong to the government. It is an individual freedom. So it is too important, too fundamental, to be subject to one set of rules for elites like Clinton and a different set for the rest of us.
Is that your calculation, too?