Gun Control Comes up Twice at RNC

NRA top lobbyist Chris Cox speaking at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Chris Cox, the NRA’s executive director and a name well known in the gun industry, was one of several speakers at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, and he had some dire warnings for gun owners.

“All the Supreme Court said was you have the right to protect your life in your own home. A Hillary Clinton Supreme Court means your right to own a firearm is gone,” said Cox, who was given a prime-time speaking slot. “Make no mistake. This election isn’t about the next four years. It’s about the next 40 years, so voting for Hillary Clinton, or not voting, is simply not an option.”

Cox is referring to the fact that Clinton will likely be able to appoint enough liberal Supreme Court justices who keep their seat until retirement or death to dominate the legal system and "dismantle the Second Amendment." Primarily, Clinton would be able to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, a pro-Second Amendment justice who died earlier this year, according to a story posted by the Washington Examiner.

“Supreme Court watchers believe that a two-term Clinton administration would give liberals six or seven of nine justices because so many of the current members are either old or ready to quit.”

Cox posed a hypothetical scenario directed toward women during his speech.

"Imagine a young mother at home with her baby, when a violent predator kicks in the door. He's a three-time loser who never should have been released from prison early. But he was, because some politician wanted to show their 'compassion.' So what's she going to do? She'll dial 911 — and pray," Cox said. "The police will do their absolute best to get there quickly. But their average response time is 11 minutes. Should she be able to defend herself with a firearm in her own home? My fellow Americans, that question is on the ballot in November."

Later in the evening, Donald Trump, Jr. took the stage and dedicated a couple minutes to the issue of Clinton’s stance on gun control.

"She says she'll issue executive orders to take away Americans' guns. She wants to appoint judges who will abolish the Second Amendment," Trump, Jr. said, according to guns.com.

The speakers are referring to a an excerpt from a Clinton speech in 2015 in which she was critical of the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling on a handgun ban in Washington D.C. in a case known as D.C. v Heller. The court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a gun for lawful purposes, such as self-defense in the home.

In June, we reported that Clinton made it sound as if an individual's right to bear arms may or may not be a constitutional right in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation. And what people have done with that (Heller) decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject was has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms,” Clinton said.