Donald Trump is undeniably the wild card in this presidential election campaign. His appearance on the political scene seems as odd as Ronald Reagan’s move into politics must have seemed when he became Governor of California in 1966.
Hate him or love him, Trump has strong views on many hot-button issues: trade reform, veterans administration reform, tax reform and immigration reform. Interestingly, the one issue mentioned on his web site that doesn’t suggest reform is the issue of Second Amendment Rights. In a nutshell, his position is that the Second Amendment means what it says, and is there as a protection of individual rights.
Let’s look at some of The Donald’s views on this very important topic. His opening statement lays it out pretty clearly, “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 Constitution doesn’t create that right – it ensures that the government can’t take it away.”
Trump applauds Richmond, Virginia’s Project Exile. This successful law enforcement project made it so that if you used a gun to commit a crime, you would be prosecuted in federal court and, if convicted, you would go to prison for at least five years, with no parole and no early release. He would encourage more states to use such a system.
He acknowledges the part mental health issues have played in many of the most violent acts in recent years. “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…We need to expand treatment programs, because most people with mental health problems aren’t violent, they just need help. But for those who are violent, a danger to themselves or others, we need to get them off the street before they can terrorize our communities. This is just common sense.”
Regarding background checks for gun purchases – “…the overwhelming majority of people who go through background checks are law-abiding gun owners. When the system was created, gun owners were promised that it would be instant, accurate and fair. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case today. 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.”
And on the subject of an individual’s right to carry, I must admit I really like his stance. He would propose a national right to carry, with a nationally valid and recognized permit, with full state-to-state reciprocity. “… 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.”
Some think Trump is an absolute whacko, some think he’s crazy like a fox. I don’t know which side of that coin is most accurate, but I do know I appreciate his views on the Second Amendment.