The liberals (and progressives in the Republican party) are shocked--Shocked!--by a recent comment by Donald Trump warning of what Hillary Clinton will do to the Second Amendment. Specifically, he stated: "Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. [Pause] Although the Second Amendment people -- maybe there is, I don't know. But I tell you what, that'll be a horrible day." The reaction across the liberal media complex has been strong and severe. Even Cosmopolitan had to chime in.
The shock isn't that Trump is suggesting that Hillary would repeal the Second Amendment. That is what pundits on the left would like. Rather, it is the suggestion that "Second Amendment people" might act in response.
There are a couple things going on here with the progressives. First is the continual shock at Trump and his supporters not playing the roles that had been agreed upon by the elites. The unspoken rule of politics in America is that conservatives have to play by the rules, and the liberals do not. Or as Richard Fernandez recently expressed it: "The system of political discourse was only stable for as long as it observed the unwritten rule that only one side was allowed to transgress while the other simply endured it." It has long been acceptable for the left to have their militant groups, like the Klu Klux Klan, Black Panthers, and Black Lives Matter, to wreak havoc and mayhem, and to actually condone, if not encourage, politically motivated violence; but completely unacceptable for conservatives. Thus, to the left, even peaceful Tea Party protests--because they were protests--were beyond the pall. But, to the left, this is much worse. As Fernandez further points out, "[w]hat's destabilizing the system is that a section of the public -- Trump included -- now dare to say things that as are outrageous as Obama's claim that he never paid ransom to Iran; or Hillary's assertion that her email server never held classified information."
So, now we not only have Trump speaking the truth that the U.S. Constitution can be amended by a simple majority vote of the Supreme Court justices, but further calling for revolution should the Second Amendment be repealed in that manner. And it has shaken liberals to their very core.
While it is clear to most conservatives that one of the primary purposes of the Second Amendment is to secure Americans against the excesses of their own government, the left has studiously ignored this, comforting themselves with arguments that the writers of the Second Amendment never had such an intention, or that civilians would be incapable of successfully rebelling against the government.
And this is the second issue bubbling under the surface and why liberals and progressives have reacted so strongly. They can babble all they want that Trump is calling for an assassination, but deep inside they know that is not true. He is, instead, suggesting that if he is not elected, it is "game over," and the only recourse at that point may well be revolution. And, yes, they are afraid of that revolution.