Donald Trump adviser releases statement on 2nd Amendment comments: 'It's called the power of unification - 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power' - @JenniferJJacobs
Editor's note: GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign hasn't responded to requests for comments on his remarks regarding the Second Amendment and Democrat Hillary Clinton's possible judicial picks if she wins in November, according to Politico. We're also watching for reaction from Clinton's campaign. - Stephanie
Donald Trump in Wilmington, NC: 'Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the 2nd Amendment ... If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although, the 2nd Amendment people. Maybe there is, I don't know.'
Retired NASA astronaut and Navy captain Mark Kelly, speaking at DNC and introducing wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords: 'If you want our legacy to be that we left our kids and grandkids a country with less gun violence, not more, then we need to make Hillary our president'
Erica Smegielski, daughter of principal killed in Sandy Hook shooting, speaking at DNC: 'What we need is to elect Hillary Clinton as the 45th president of the United States so that no other daughter has to say I would given every single day that I have left just for one more day with my mom'
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaking at DNC: 'Three years since Sandy Hook, three years of almost daily bloodshed in our cities, the Republican Congress has done absolutely nothing to prevent the next massacre'
Film and television director Lee Daniels, speaking at DNC: 'For that millennial who comes from where I come from and doesn't think they have a voice, you do. And there ain't no choice,' urges people to vote for Hillary Clinton
Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton at DNC: Hillary Clinton has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation; this isn't about being politically correct, this is about saving our children
Donald Trump Jr. at RNC: 'Hillary Clinton is a risk Americans can't afford to take,' makes references to gun control; says US needs president who won't allow politically-correct culture to put 'safety and well-being' of loved ones at stake
Update: Spokesperson for Ohio Gov. John Kasich responds to call for suspension of open carry law during RNC, says governors 'do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws' - ABC News
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Gun politics is an area of American politics that is primarily defined by the actions of two groups: gun control and gun rights activists. These groups often disagree on the interpretation of laws and court cases related to firearms as well as about the effects of gun control on crime and public safety. It has been estimated that U.S. civilians own 270 million to 310 million firearms, and that 37% to 42% of the households in the country have at least one gun.
Since the 1990s, debates regarding firearm availability and gun violence in the U.S. have been characterized by concerns about the right to bear arms, such as found in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the responsibility of the government to serve the needs of its citizens and to prevent crime and deaths. Gun control supporters say that broad or unrestricted gun rights inhibit the government from fulfilling that responsibility. Gun rights supporters promote firearms for self-defense, hunting, sporting activities, and security against tyranny. Gun control advocates state that keeping guns out of the hands of criminals would result in safer communities, while gun rights advocates state that firearm ownership by law-abiding citizens reduces crime.
Gun legislation, or non-legislation, in the United States is augmented by judicial interpretations of the Constitution. In 1791, the United States adopted the Second Amendment, and in 1868 adopted the Fourteenth Amendment. The effect of those two amendments on gun politics was the subject of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2008 and 2010, that upheld the right of individuals to possess guns for self-defense.