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Clinton, Trump spar on Second Amendment issue in final debate

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016,11:19 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Las Vegas | The third and final US presidential debate began here today with Republican candidate Donald Trump arguing that the Second Amendment giving rights to citizens to bear arms be upheld, while his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called for measures to prevent killings by those who carry firearms.

Given that the next president is likely to appoint several Supreme Court judges, the views of the two presidential candidates –- Clinton and Trump are crucial for the American people who vote in the November 8 general elections.

Clinton said she supports the Second Amendment but, there needs to be a move to prevent unlawful elements carrying fire arms for killing people.
“Some 33,000 people die every year in the US because of shooting. Trump is opposed to any kind of restrictions on the freedom being given to people by the Second Amendment,” she said.

“The next president will almost certainly have at least one appointment and likely or possibly two or three appointments,” debate moderator Chris Wallace of the Fox News said, firing off the first question.

“I feel that at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say, the Supreme Court should represent all of us,” Clinton said in response to a question.

She added that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy.

“For me, that means that we need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community, that will stand up and say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in our country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system,” Clinton said.

“I look forward to having that opportunity. I would hope that the Senate would do its job and confirm the nominee that President Obama has sent to them.

That’s the way the Constitution fundamentally should operate. The president nominates, then the Senate advises and consents, or not, but they go forward with the process,” she asserted.

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