Trump and the Second Amendment
|It's been a little over a week since Donald Trump was named president-elect, and nobody is quite sure exactly what is about to happen. But, it's starting to look good for law-abiding, responsibly armed American gun owners. Even the Liberty Conservative seems to be optimistic, as a recent headline read, "Trump Could Be The Most Pro-Gun President in History."
While that may sound a little too good to be true, President-elect Trump recently said a few things that seems to reflect that:
Trump notes that "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."
In the expanded version, Trump also suggests that "the right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving — which is a privilege, not a right — then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.'"
Trump’s website also breaks down his fundamental stance on our God-given rights:
"Defend the Second Amendment of our Constitution. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period."
He promises to "defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners" by
- Allowing individuals on military bases and recruiting centers to defend themselves
- Establishing a national right to carry
- Fixing, but not expanding, background checks
- Keeping government from dictating "what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own"
Speaking out strongly for 2nd Amendment rights — and promising to appoint someone who shares those views to the Supreme Court — is great. The real test is whether he acts to back up those ideals.
Now it’s up to all Americans to hold him accountable for his words and his actions.