Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has struggled with her party’s liberal base during the primary season, as Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters insist she’s too cozy with Wall Street, resent her 2002 vote to invade Iraq, and criticize the overlap between her family foundation’s donors and some of the corporations doing business in Washington.
But for conservatives, there are plenty of issues—including their own uncompromising stand to protect access to firearms—on which Clinton is viewed not just as an extension of incumbent President Barack Obama, but as even more liberal.
“President Obama has made clear his contempt for the Second Amendment,” Chris Cox, head of the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, told Bloomberg Politics. “Hillary Clinton would take that to the next level.”
While Obama has sought to restrict access to firearms, his presidency has helped swell the NRA’s membership rolls and spark record revenues for gun companies. Now, some in the industry think Clinton would be an even better gun “salesman” than Obama.