The 2nd Amendment Should Never Be Up For Debate

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This morning Trump made several posts on Twitter with shocking comments on banning bump stocks and whether school teachers should be armed.

At Joe For America, we are unequivocally for the Second Amendment. We are also pro-Trump. During the election, Trump was all about gun rights. We know that he’s had a concealed carry permit since 2010, and he son Donald Jr. is a huge fan of hunting.

This morning Donald Trump posted on social media hitting a few different angles. Fake News CNN and NBC. Arming the teachers. Gun free zones. Bump stocks. Background checks… and what Congress should do next.

Breaking down the Tweets

Trump appears to agree with the following thoughts:

  • It’s a good idea to examine whether teachers with military or special experience should possibly be granted concealed carry in their classrooms.
  • Highly trained teachers with concealed carry are a strong deterrent against school shooters.
  • A shooter will have more luck killing people if they are in a gun-free zone.
  • Trump will push Congress to pass comprehensive background checks that focus on mental health
  • Trump will push Congress to raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21
  • Trump will push Congress to ban the sale of bump stocks.

What Trump DIDN’T Say

Tweets are only short, and Trump’s style can be interpreted in many different ways. On first glance it looks like Trump will be yanking the guns out of every citizen’s hands. But a close reading brings up a few finer points to what Trump is and isn’t saying.

  • Trump supports veterans as teachers.
  • Trump wants to extend concealed carry into “gun-free zones.”
  • Trump believes that a trained teacher can be a good guy with a gun.
  • Trump knows that “gun-free zones” are attractive to shooters and terrorists.
  • Trump wants mental health to be the main driver for gun ownership — he could mean that he wants to get rid of other background checks, and only focus on whether the purchaser is mentally unwell. This would give him a great reason to talk about mental health, and the things that lead people to violence including growing up in a fatherless household.
  • Trump wants Congress to investigate an age limit on guns, apparently to match the drinking age. This could still mean that it’s possible to own a gun if you’re underage, but that your parent would have to accompany you on the first purchase. So, your 14-year-old might still be able to get his first gun, but you’ll have to sign for it the same way you’ll sign for his first apartment.
  • Trump wants Congress to ban the sale, but not the creation of bump stocks. You might not be able to buy it, but you can still own them or make them yourself.

In my view, the only problem I have here is the bump stock thing. But, if Congress looks into banning bump stocks, they’ll find that it’s impossible to regulate.

Should the Second Amendment Ever Be Infringed?


Bump Stocks Are Impossible To Regulate

If you already own a bump stock, you can duplicate it in hard resin plastic for about $100 in a few days at home. With modern 3d printing technology and online tutorials that can teach anyone how to cast plastic, you don’t even need to already own a bump stock in order to create one.

Even if you banned bump stocks, there is no way to effectively keep them from being produced by people at home. Before the Las Vegas Massacre committed by Stephen Paddock, nobody who wasn’t already into guns had even heard of them. News stories all came with explainers, trying to tell people with no gun sense how the bump stocks can use recoil to change the firing rate on an AR-15.

Trump on Concealed Carry

In 2015 on the campaign trail Trump pushed for the elimination of gun and magazine bans. His website posted a policy paper calling the bans a “total failure” and he said that “law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice.

In the paper, he said that the media likes to use:

“scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people.”

But, as we pointed out at the time, back in 2000 he wrote in his book The America We Deserve that while he doesn’t support gun control he supports a ban on assault weapons, and also urged a longer wait period before a purchase can be verified.

The Art Of The Deal

During campaign stops in the lead up to the Presidential election, Trump would sometimes flash a copy of his book The Art Of The Deal, published in 1987. One of his tactics was to go overboard and “play to people’s fantasies.” He also said that negative attention was still good attention. “I’m not saying that it’s a good thing [that bad press is good business] and in truth it probably says something perverse about the culture we live in.”

“Bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells.”

I’d say that Trump himself wants to use “scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines.'”

These words are all scare-tactics and incorrect. And whenever Trump makes a mistake, the media will always step in to correct him…

…and they’ll be telling us all that ‘high capacity magazines’ aren’t all that bad and that Trump’s an idiot for saying so.

So it’s always reasonable to guess that Trump is pushing Congress for a ban on bump stocks because he wants the media to disagree with him and say bump stocks aren’t the problem.

Archie Bunker: Arm The Passengers

The “arm the teachers” debate is best represented by good ol’ Archie Bunker. When All In The Family was first released, the intent was that we should all be laughing at that stupid Archie Bunker. But, he managed to be the most popular character, because his ideas were the ones that most resonated with Americans.

In this clip from 1972, Archie says that the best way to end hijackers on airplanes is to arm the passengers. Forty-six years later, and I still think he’s right.

But don’t ban bump stocks.

Just arm the teachers.

Sources: Business Insider, Fox News, Wikipedia

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