FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize Donald Trump for comments the Republican presidential nominee made that seemed to suggest "the Second Amendment people" could prevent Hillary Clinton from abolishing the Second Amendment.
According to media reports , Trump told a crowd in Wilmington, N.C., that Clinton wants to "essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."
The statement quickly sparked controversy, with many interpreting the comment as a threat or encouragement of violence against Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
Murphy, who has fought very publicly for gun control legislation, posted the federal criminal statue for threatening to kill a candidate for President on his Twitter feed Tuesday afternoon.
"Was @realDonaldTrump suggesting his supporters shoot Hillary? Shoot her nominee? Who knows. It's all so disgusting and embarrassing and sad," he wrote.
"This isn't play. Unstable people with powerful guns and an unhinged hatred for Hillary are listening to you, @realDonaldTrump," he continued. "Don't treat this as a political misstep. It's an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis."
Clinton's campaign released a statement condemning the comment, saying, "A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."
Trump's campaign released its own statement, saying that the remark was about "the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power."
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