Trump was asked by Katy Tur of NBC News if he had a gun. Trump replied, “Yes, I do.”
Then Tur asked, “Do you use it? Gun range?”
His answer was perfect, “That’s none of your business. It’s really none of your business. I have a license to own a gun.”
It went on from there with him making it quite clear he will not do anything to violate the Second Amendment.
George Soros’ Think Progress writer Emily Atkin read Donald Trump’s position paper on the Second Amendment and called it “just as crazy as you think.” The Second Amendment is crazy to the left, period.
Atkins’ best comment was when she redefined Trump’s comment about the right to self-defense as he wants “citizens [to] fight crime with their own assault rifles.”
Sounds good to me! If I’m attacked, I’d be lucky if the police came in 20 minutes.
The writer was apoplectic over the idea that Americans should have the right to conceal carry.
She wrote, “Not only does Trump want citizens to fight crime, but he wants them to have better, more powerful guns to do it.” Sounds good to me.
Trump began his policy statement to include this line: The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.
The writer pointed out that his position in 2000 was different and he did want to see some limitations and criticized Republicans for walking the NRA line.
I have no idea if that’s what he said or did but this was 15 years ago, he can change his mind.
The following are the salient points of Trump’s position. There is a link below where you can read the entire policy.
ENFORCE THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS
We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals. The Obama administration’s record on that is abysmal. Violent crime in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and many others is out of control. Drug dealers and gang members are given a slap on the wrist and turned loose on the street. This needs to stop.
Here’s another important way to fight crime – empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves.
FIX OUR BROKEN HEALTH SYSTEM
Let’s be clear about this. Our mental health system is broken. It needs to be fixed. Too many politicians have ignored this problem for too long.
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.
There has been a national background check system in place since 1998. Every time a person buys a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer – which is the overwhelming majority of all gun purchases – they go through a federal background check. Study after study has shown that very few criminals are stupid enough to try and pass a background check – they get their guns from friends/family members or by stealing them. So the overwhelming majority of people who go through background checks are law-abiding gun owners.
Too many states are failing to put criminal and mental health records into the system – and it should go without saying that a system’s only going to be as effective as the records that are put into it. What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.
NATIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY
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.
MILITARY BASES AND RECRUITING CENTERS
Banning our military from carrying firearms on bases and at recruiting centers is ridiculous. We need to make America great again, we need a strong military. To have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves.
Right-leaning Hot Air’s Taylor Millard wrote a highly critical article of several of Trump’s proposals. He didn’t like Trump’s ideas around enforcing the laws we have because it’s more government, he opposed mandatory minimum, sentences, and had problems with his mental health proposal as it endangers liberty. These are slippery slopes and we can presume Trump means to do it carefully and with advice and consent.