Jeb Bush Responds to Clinton's Anti-Gun Comments

Jeb Bush. photo from thehill.com.

As Donald Trump still grabs most of the headlines related to the 2016 Presidential election, Jeb Bush has publicly gone after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on her position regarding gun control in the wake of Friday's Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado.

In an op-ed published by The Iowa Republican, Bush called out Clinton's statement at the CNN Democratic debate, referencing her calling the NRA one of her enemies "a shot across the bow of every gun owner." He writes:

"As a proud conservative, I believe strongly in the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owner," he says, before going on to list some of his accomplishments as governor of Florida, like advancing gun rights for concealed carriers and hunters.

"My record of defending the Second Amendment stands in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton. In a recent debate, Hillary Clinton sent a shot across the bow of every gun owner when she boasted that the NRA was one of her enemies. Hillary Clinton is on record supporting gun bans and it is obvious that she will pursue a legislative agenda that would infringe upon the rights of responsible gun owners. It is also clear from her philosophy that she would put judges on the federal bench that would be hostile to gun owners. The next president of the United States may have to appoint three or more judges to the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton wants judges who will undo a bedrock American right: the Second Amendment. I will appoint conservative jurists with proven records who will uphold the constitution, not create new legislation from the bench."

The piece came only days after Clinton slammed Republicans after the shooting, saying "This is truly unbelievable, that after what we've seen in Paris and other places, Republicans will not bring up a bill that will prohibit anyone on the no-fly list from buying a gun in America," according to this story from TheHill.com. "How many more Americans need to die before we take action? Common sense steps like comprehensive background checks, closing the loopholes that let guns fall into the wrong hands, even people on the terrorist watch list."

"Liberals like Hillary Clinton always hold up gun control as a panacea to crime, even though the proposals they have put forward would have done nothing to stop any of the tragic shootings that have occurred recently in America. Gun violence is a serious issue that deserves our attention. But the proper response is to crack down on the criminals who use guns in crimes and to improve our national instant background check system so we can prevent people with mental illnesses from purchasing firearms."

Bush also highlighted the "10-20-Life" law enacted in Florida, which determines the number of years in prison a person convicted of a gun crime is sentenced, according to this story from CNN.