“Don’t wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in,” reads an ad for a sale on semi-automatic rifles published in a Nevada newspaper. “Crooked Hillary”, of course, is what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump regularly calls his opponent Hillary Clinton.
This “Pre-Hillary sale” refers to a common fear among Trump supporters, namely that if Clinton is elected, she would ban all guns or prohibitively raise their prices.
"Pre-Hillary sale. Don't wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in." Vegas armory ad in Adelson News. Wow! And…surrender? pic.twitter.com/c24FWw99L0
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 16, 2016
However, Clinton has never expressed such a restrictive stance. She has only called for expanded background checks and a ban on assault weapons.
The ad ran in The Las Vegas Review-Journal, which was bought by a Republican mega-donor last year.
Trump has regularly attacked Clinton on the divisive issue of guns. In August, he suggested that “Second Amendment people” – that is, people who support the constitutional right to bear arms – could help stop Clinton from winning the election. His vague wording had many worried that he was calling for violence against his opponent. Then, in September, he told a crowd that Clinton planned to “destroy” the Second Amendment, and said her bodyguards’ guns should be taken away to “see what happens to her”.