At a rally in North Carolina, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that the use of guns might be a way to stop his rival Hillary Clinton from having her way.
There has been a massive outrage over Trump’s comments which to many seem to be an open call for violence.
Trump said “second amendment people” can prevent Hillary Clinton from choosing judges.
The second amendment of the US Constitution is the right to bear arms.
He was pointing out the differences between himself and Clinton when he said: “Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment.
“If she gets to pick her judges, there’s nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
Immediately after Trump made his comment, many on social media accused him of effectively calling for Clinton’s assassination.
Clinton’s campaign was quick to react to Trump’s comments and called it “dangerous”.
“A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way,” Clinton’s campaign said.
“Media desperate to distract from Clinton’s anti-2A stance. I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!” Trump tweeted after a strong backlash.
“It’s called the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” said Trump’s campaign in a statement.
The US Secret Service, which provides security details for both Trump and Clinton, said: “The Secret Service is aware of the comment.”
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan also had a word of caution regarding Trump’s speech.
“I have been a little busy today, I heard about this Second Amendment quote, it sounds like a joke going bad, I hope he clears that up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that. I didn’t actually hear the comments but I heard about this comments,” said Ryan.
The speech comes on the heels of a discordant week on the campaign trail during which Trump came under fire from within his party.
Fifty top Republican national security experts, including the veterans from Nixon to Bush administrations, came out openly against their party nominee. They said Donald Trump would make “the most reckless president in American history” if elected.
On Monday, Trump had seemed to be heeding Republican advice to keep to a message of criticizing Clinton and other Democrats when he put forward economic policy proposals in a speech in Detroit.
According to the latest poll figures, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading in national opinion polls in the race for the White House.
(With inputs from agencies)