As a candidate for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton was not shy about her negative opinion concerning the 2nd Amendment – she did not think it had a place in modern America. Her opponent and now President-elect Donald Trump never missed an opportunity to highlight Clinton’s plans to reverse D.C. v. Heller, outlaw “assault rifles” and allow states to implement what she called “common sense gun control.” But where does our next President stand and can gun owners expect an ally in Donald Trump?
I admit it, despite having followed Trump from the beginning and supporting him for much of his candidacy, I had no idea about his specific stance on the 2nd Amendment. Sure, I heard him say he supports the right to bear arms, and I heard him attack Clinton for her anti-gun rhetoric. But, what I had not heard were his specific points of view on many of the aspects gun owners feel are bench marks in measuring a politician’s ability to protect the 2nd amendment. So, I decided to find out.
I did not simply run a Google search looking for sound bites or news clips where a reporter or editor told me what Mr. Trump thinks. No, I went to his own website www.donaldjtrump.com, and here is what I found.
- “Defend the Second Amendment of our Constitution. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.” This is the very first statement listed on Mr. Trump’s website under the heading, “Second Amendment.”
A link from the main page allowed me to read, “Donald J. Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” an expanded explanation of his position. In reading this additional position paper, I found several important points listed:
- “The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right- it ensures that the government can’t take it away.”
- “The Second Amendment is America’s first freedom. That’s because the right to keep and bear arms protects all our other rights.”
Sounds good so far, but how will he protect gun rights AND provide protection the other half of America is searching for?
First, he wants to hold those truly responsible for gun violence accountable. Mr. Trump states a desire to revive and expand a program first tried in Richmond VA called Project Exile, which required mandatory minimum sentences for violent felons who commit a gun crime. Prosecution in Federal Court, minimum 5 year sentence if found guilty without parole or early release.
Second, he realizes that many of the recent gun related tragedies were as much the fault of a broken mental health system as it is our “gun culture.” Fixing the broken system will not only identify those with potential issues, but allow them to receive the help they need BEFORE they become another statistic.
Third, he promises to overhaul the outdated system used for background checks. While background checks may be a necessary aspect of protecting all citizens, if the system is not reliable, then it is a waste of time which falsely punishes law abiding citizens while missing those who truly do not deserve access to firearms.
Fourth, Mr. Trump wants to remove bans associated with “assault weapons” or “high-capacity magazines,” stating these have been proven ineffective and an unnecessary restriction of a law-abiding citizen’s ability to choose the firearms right for their personal purposes.
Fifth, the President-elect wants to establish a national right to carry. He states it is “common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state,” and I tend to believe him as he is himself a long time holder of a concealed carry permit.
Only time will tell how much of the promises made on the campaign trail will become reality. Honestly, I think we all know that much of what is said may be uttered in good faith but not rooted in reality. However, when it comes to President-elect Trump’s stance and goals concerning the 2nd Amendment, I believe all Americans can expect his actions to be guided by what he believes to be a guaranteed right, not a privilege to be granted to repealed at the whim of the government.
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