>> I will not let you down.>> Gun groups getting their moment on the campaign trail. Republican Donald Trump courting the National Rifle Association. And Democrat Hillary Clinton rallies with victims of gun violence. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the gun debate has been locked in a stalemate since a series of mass shootings brought the issue to the fore.
President Barack Obama hasn't been able to get the expanded background checks he wants. But Republicans haven't been able to expand gun ownership rights either. Now the gun debate is moving front and center to the 2016 presidential race. As he accepted the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, Trump warned the group's annual convention that Hillary Clinton would repeal the second amendment to the Constitution.
>> Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun, anti-second amendment candidate ever to run for office.>> Trump, who in an earlier life backed a ban on assault rifles, now says he's all for them. He'd allow gun owners to carry their weapons in schools, churches, and other places where they're currently banned.
He also opposes proposed curbs, like an expanded background check system, another change from his past positions. Meanwhile, Clinton is campaigning Saturday with the mother of Trayvon Martin. The black teenager, whose 2012 killing became a rallying point for gun critics. Unless past Democrats, she's made gun restrictions a cornerstone of her presidential bid.
inion polls show most voters support increased restrictions on gun ownership and use. Which should conceivably help Democrats, who back those positions. But to date they've been unable to curb the influence of the NRA and other gun groups. Which have steadily expanded gun ownership rights at the state level while blocking gun control efforts in Washington.
>> She wants to take your guns away.>> Trump could have the edge here. For many gun owners second amendment rights are paramount. While those who support curbs on gun ownership typically don't see that as a top priority. In the wake of Sandy Hook, Aurora, San Bernardino, and other mass shootings, Hillary Clinton is hoping that will change.
>> Common sense gun safety measures.