Without condemning or condoning either Presidential candidate’s position, we can’t help but look at a recent meme posted out there on the internet. It’s an excerpt from one of Donald Trump’s speeches given in response to the Oregon school shootings — which we covered at great length.
“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.”
We covered some of the issues surrounding national reciprocity and it’s refreshing to see a Presidential candidate openly advocating for a solution. And, as a first, he may be our first President to have a concealed carry permit. Though with the Secret Service surrounding him, he’ll likely never need it.
From Donald Trump’s own campaign website, he acknowledges that our Second Amendment right isn’t for sale.
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…
This Presidential election, we may never have two polar opposite candidates running. In terms of gun reform, Hillary Clinton’s platform is very clearly illustrated.
Here’s the problem: we already do background checks and as we’ve illustrated, the Terrorist Watchlist isn’t a reliable source of intel on who is or isn’t a terrorist.
According to her own platform, she insists on calling semi-automatic firearms “assault weapons” and will push to reinstate a largely unpopular and unsuccessful Brady Bill which her husband enacted. Ten years after it expired, statisticians are still trying to figure out how the Brady Bill was effective at anything other than disarming law-abiding citizens.
As much as we may disagree on different policies, one thing is certain: Hillary promises to make life hard for law-abiding gun owners.
As a worst case scenario, we can look forward to California-style gun reforms that have us getting a background check to purchase ammunition. In the least case, we can definitely kiss a lot of our forward progress in gun rights goodbye.