A new position post appeared on Donald Trump’s campaign website on Friday detailing his new view on the second amendment and gun ownership.
Previously, Donald had expressed anti-gun leanings. “I support the ban on assault weapons,” Trump said. He also felt that waiting periods for handguns should be made longer. This paper turns those previous stances on their heads as Trump goes full-on gun rights supporter.
Trump’s new-found understanding of the second amendment is fairly complete. The billionaire reality show star doesn’t believe that the constitution only protects the right to hunt or collect guns, the position paper demonstrates an understanding of the core purpose of the right to bear arms:
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. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple.
It’s been said that the Second Amendment is America’s first freedom. That’s because the Right to Keep and Bear Arms protects all our other rights.
Donald’s strategy to protect gun rights is broken down into three major initiatives: tougher law enforcement, fix the broken mental health system and defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Trump’s approach to law enforcement doesn’t appear to be based on the broken-window strategy being dismantled by liberal leaders across the nation. Instead, he’s going after the violent offenders by suggesting mandatory first strike federal prison terms similar to Richmond, Virginia’s late 90’s effort called “Project Exile.”
Donald doesn’t get into specifics on the mental health issue. He simply states that “those who are violent, a danger to themselves or others, we need to get them off the street.” How he would propose to detect those folks is left to the imagination of the reader, but once he finds them .. he wants them locked up.
On the defense of gun owners, he strikes four points.
First, that gun and accessory restrictions on law-abiding citizens don’t work.
Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. That’s been proven every time it’s been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.
Secondly he addresses the failings of the National Instant Criminal background check System (NICS) that so many anti-gunners want to expand. Trump correctly points out that criminals don’t buy their guns anywhere that might perform background checks. The post also states that many states are getting useful criminal and mental health information into the system which might allow evil-doers to pass the check. Trumps solution is to fix the broken system. A broad statement, but worthy.
Next, Trump reveals that he is a concealed weapon permit holder and that he believes his permit should be recognized nationwide. This is known as concealed carry reciprocity. All states would recognize the permits of other states as they do with driver’s licenses.
Lastly, Donald believes our troops should be allowed to carry on base and at satellite installations such as recruiting and training centers.
To make America great again, we need a strong military. To have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves.
Donald Trump’s new found appreciation for the second amendment is laudable. It is somewhat disconcerting that just a few years ago he wanted to ban “assault weapons” but now he says things like ” Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people.” That’s a significant position change and one that makes gun owners a bit skeptical. Only time will tell if this is simple pandering to get support or a truly-held core belief that resulted from some recent epiphany.
You can read the full text of Donald Trump’s “PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” policy paper HERE.