For the second time since becoming his party’s candidate, Donald Trump opened the door to armed violence against Hillary Clinton.

After saying earlier in the race that if Clinton were to get elected the only way to do anything about it was “Second Amendment People” taking action, this weekend Trump tweeted that Clinton should have her body guards drop their guns “and see what happens.”

I’m not sure what the procedure is, but I would be incredibly surprised if he hasn’t been chastised or warned by the Secret Service.

I know they are taking his reckless and dangerous comments seriously.

I know this because I have actually seen the Secret Service in action. If they took the case I was involved with seriously, I know a man who is basically suborning violence against his rival will get their attention.

When I was a young editor in Chickasha, Oklahoma, a woman came into my office. She was literally wearing a hat made from aluminum foil. I had always thought that was a joke.

This was no joke.

This poor woman had quit taking her psychotropic drugs because they made her feel sick. When she stopped taking them, her mental disorders took over.

The woman believed she was married to Peter Jennings and when she watched the news on ABC, her husband was actually just discussing current events with her. She also blamed the pain in her abdomen on a local telephone company shooting radiation into her uterus. That explains the foil hat and any further explanation of foil locations would be unfit for a family publication.

To say she was crazy would be close to a medical diagnosis.

She wrote a lot of letters to the editor. In one, she said someone needed to take out George W. Bush to protect the country from his policies. Does that sound familiar? It’s funny how much crazy talk is repetitive.

Soon the local police chief was setting up a meeting with her in my office. At that meeting, two fine young Secret Service agents were in attendance.

If you don’t believe me, I know how you can find one of them. He is currently the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and was a good friend of mine through college at Oklahoma State University.

While I toiled as a newspaper editor and publisher, he has been a personal assistant to a governor, a Secret Service agent, a State Senator and now Lieutenant Governor.

But he got to spend one afternoon in Chickasha dealing with a crazy lady who said the President needed to be killed even though she didn’t have the mental capacity to plan such an attack or the resources to gain access to him.

That would indicate to me that Trump’s statements are further over the line and made by a man who has the resources and an army of followers — some of whom aren’t entirely well-balanced. I would bet that a few of those Clinton put in “a basket of deplorables” have a version of that foil hat in their wardrobe.

The sad thing is that Trump never differentiates between people who have legitimate reasons to need a gun for their work — police, security guards, Secret Service agents — with other members of society. Beyond that, it is difficult to find one person who Clinton has disarmed during her entire public life. She has called for better regulation of weapons that make mass murder easier and she has advocated policies that wouldn’t allow mentally ill people to get weapons that their illnesses don’t allow them to use reasonably. She is also among the 56 percent of Americans who believe universal background checks should be required before selling someone a gun.

She has never tried to take a personal weapon from anyone. She has never tried to curtail hunting or shooting for pleasure.

That’s just not factual.

In 2008, while running against Barack Obama, she said, “You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are.”

So I guess Clinton is one of those Second Amendment people to whom Trump referred.

Speaking of those people, I really expected the “Second Amendment people” to be more upset with Trump over his comment because he insinuated that those who support Second Amendment rights would violate the highest law of the land and use guns against “would-be” President Clinton.

They claim to be the good guys with the guns who use those guns for safety and protection, not armed insurrection. They should have been offended by his comments, not emboldened. His insinuation that they would break the law with their guns is pretty insulting to a law-abiding citizen.

The country just recognized the 135th anniversary of the death of President James Garfield who was shot and died in 1881. The Secret Service is tasked with not allowing that to happen again. They won’t “put down their guns and see what happens” and they won’t appreciate a major party candidate who incites and encourages these ideas from their followers. In fact, Monday morning they began providing security for Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

It is dangerous to underestimate the abilities of crazy people to carry out horrible acts.

These comments and attempts at humor are inappropriate and Trump needs to become more disciplined in his temperament if he doesn’t want to wind up with blood on his hands.

— Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.