THE HILL — Chris Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, warned that gun ownership rights could be lost if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, in an address to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night.
“It’s that simple, a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court means your right to own a firearm is gone,” said Cox.
In his speech, Cox said he wanted to discuss “a very personal freedom” with the crowd in Cleveland: “your right to protect your life.”
Cox warned that “we live in dangerous times” because “our government has failed to keep us safe.”
He posed a hypothetical situation in which a “violent predator” kicks in the door of a mother at home with her baby. “He’s a three-time loser who was released from prison early because some politician wanted to show their compassion. What’s she going to do? She’ll dial 911 and pray,” he said.
“So the question is, should she be able to defend herself with a firearm in her own home?” Cox asked. “That question is on the ballot this November.”
He warned that Supreme Court rulings protecting gun rights could be overturned if Clinton wins the White House race.
The Clinton campaign rushed out a email refuting the claim.
“Chris Cox just parroted Donald Trump’s false claim that Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the 2nd Amendment. This debunked claim couldn’t be farther from the truth,” the campaign said.
Cox also delivered a more personal jab at the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“What’s so outrageous is that for the rest of her life, Hillary Clinton will never even think about dialing 911. For the past 30 years, she hasn’t taken a walk, a nap or a bathroom break without a good guy with a gun there to protect her. So it’s easy for her to dismiss a right she will never have to use.”
Cox also sought to bolster the Trump campaign’s appeal with women, noting that American women are the fastest growing group of gun owners.
“Millions own firearms, millions, and millions more are thinking about it. It’s not Hillary Clinton who says women should have that choice, it’s Donald Trump.”