In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France on Friday in which Muslim jihadists literally turned Paris into a slaughterhouse and urban battlefield, the two front-runners for their parties’ presidential nomination — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump — displayed diametrically opposed reactions to the incident and to the ongoing war against Islamic extremists, according to a number of U.S. law enforcement officers.
“Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attitudes on Paris terrorism and citizen firearm rights deeply concern American voters,” said former NRA publications editor John M. Snyder on Monday. “Prospective Democrat presidential nominee [Hillary] Clinton is slated to get a ‘gun-grabber’ award this week in New York. The anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence plans to present Clinton with its first ‘Governor Mario Cuomo Leadership Award.'”
Mario Cuomo, the father of the current governor of the Empire State, was a legendary left-wing Democrat who made progressives often sound conservative in comparison. Under Cuomo senior, New York State enacted numerous gun laws so few are surprised that the nation’s largest anti-gun group would name their award after him.
“Hillary wants to hold law-abiding firearm manufacturers liable for crimes committed with their products, in the same way you would hold an automobile maker liable for a bank robbery in a car used in a getaway. She also supports legislation to increase regulations for gun shows and Internet firearms and ammunition vendors. However, she has not offered a solid plan for dealing with the international terrorists like those who perpetrated the mass murder in Paris, France, the other day,” said Snyder, who serves on the board of advisors for the National Association of Chiefs of Police and for the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens.
Snyder then said, “Trump, on the other hand, has stated simply that, if citizens in Paris had been able to carry firearms, as citizens can in many places in the United States, ‘it would have been a much, much different situation.’ His attitude reflects an observation made two years ago by Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble that perhaps an armed citizenry is necessary in dealing with terrorism.”
In Trump’s new book Crippling America, the New York City-based real estate magnate outlined a pro-gun position program in support of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms in a chapter on “The Right to Bear Arms.” The Donald also writes in the book that he favors making all concealed carry permits valid in every state.
“Trump’s support for gun rights, as well as his determination to strengthen America’s manufacturing base, sovereignty, and economic position has made him the front-runner among a string of Republican presidential candidates. According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos Poll, Trump is favored among likely GOP primary voters by 42 percent, twice as many as his closest competitor in a crowded field,” noted Snyder.
“Let Republican leaders end intraparty fighting, unite behind GOP rank and file favorite Donald Trump, and concentrate on defeating probable Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in next November’s national elections. According to an AP-GfK poll, Republican registered voters say they prefer an outsider candidate to an insider by a 77% to 22% margin,” Snyder said.
“The message is clear: Republicans want a big change. They think successful New York businessman Trump with his tough personality and experience can do the job. GOP leaders should get the message. Let them drop the petty infighting and attack the promoters of gun control, abortion, international weakness and military indecisiveness in the Democrat party,” Snyder advised. “While some solid conservatives for sincere reasons object to Trump, let them concentrate on the big picture. Trump is the strongest GOP candidate and the one most likely to lead the party to victory over the real political enemy next year.”
Snyder was named “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists” by the Washington Post and New York Times, “a champion of the right of self-defense” by the Washington Times, the “gun dean” by Human Events, and “the senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News.