Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in 2011, took to twitter to condemn his remarks, She described Trump as “reckless, irresponsible and unworthy of the office he seeks.”
“We call on him to renounce these comments, apologize to Hillary Clinton, and acknowledge that once again he has gone dangerously too far,” Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, said in a statement.
The Trump campaign hasn’t yet respond to a request for comment.
The GOP nominee has espoused this sentiment before. In May, at a National Rifle Association conference, Trump called Clinton a “heartless, hypocrite” who wanted to take guns away from Americans when her own body guards used them for her protection.
“So I think that, in addition to calling for them to name judges, we’ll also call them and let their body guards immediately disarm. OK, no they should immediately disarm and let’s see how good they do. Let’s see how they feel walking around without their guns on their bodyguards.”
Trump has intimated violence against Clinton in the past, joking at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina last month that if Clinton wins and gets to pick Supreme Court justices there’s nothing that can be done for proponents of the right to bear arms. “Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The comment raised eyebrows, prompting a response from the Clinton campaign that officially accused Trump of inciting violence against the Democratic nominee and calling Trump’s words “dangerous.”
The Trump campaign at the time responded with their own statement, saying Trump was referring to “the power of unification” and calling upon the voting power of “Second Amendment people,” according to senior communications adviser Jason Miller.
Clinton has stated in the past that she has no intention of abolishing the Second Amendment. She has called for “commonsense approaches” to reduce gun violence, which on top of expanded background checks includes closing gun show and internet sales loopholes.
Laura F. Nixon