Gun rights will be a major talking point through all the campaigning for this year’s presidential election. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the battle over the Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, with plenty of venomous statements coming from the candidates.
Ted Cruz said this to ABC News on Sunday: "If Donald Trump becomes president, the Second Amendment will be written out of the Constitution, because it is abundantly clear that Donald Trump is not a conservative," according to this story from FoxNews.com.
"It was to say that I'm for the Second Amendment," Bush said in the story. "It meant nothing more than that. It was an appreciation for receiving a gun at a manufacturer that makes the guns, and a lot of jobs are created because of that."
The Fox News story says about 44 percent of South Carolina residents own guns, according to a study published in June 2015 in the journal Injury Prevention, and the state has certainly been deeply mired in the gun debate for the past year or so. We reported earlier this month that South Carolina saw near-record gun sales in 2015, with a whopping 25 percent jump since June 2015, going by NICS background checks.
The story points out that the state’s eastern seaboard is populated largely by military and retired military, and that gun rights are a big part of the culture in the state’s rural communities, which certainly contributes to that 44 percent.