Trump’s defense of the Second Amendment is full-throated on his website. He states, specifically, support for no bans on firearm types or magazine capacities, and proffers a national reciprocity for concealed carry permits. It’s as strong a position as any I’ve seen.
However, in 2000 while considering a run for President, Trump said this:
The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions,” he wrote in his book The America We Deserve. “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.
Trump has also donated to numerous Democrat politicians whose platforms include severe gun control. You can rationalize why he did that but can’t escape that he did do it.
So, as with most things Trump, you’ll have to decide whether his new Second Amendment position is real or opportunistic. There’s very little in the record aside from a decidedly anti-Second Amendment statement in his book.
At the very least, he should be asked the following questions, in public, and not be allowed to equivocate on the answers:
- Do you believe in, and will you only nominate Supreme Court Justices who hold, the original intent view of the Constitution, especially in regards to the Second Amendment?
- Will you veto any bill that restricts the types of firearms (specifically “assault weapons”) or magazine capacities that an individual may possess and carry?
- Will you advocate for and sign a bill that establishes national reciprocity for concealed carry license holders, including in Washington, D.C.?
- Will you veto any bill that seeks to extend background check time allowances or criteria?
- Will you veto any bill that seeks to restrict, in any manner, including background checks, the private transfer of firearms or ammunition?
- Will you veto any bill that seeks to restrict or tax ammunition?
- Will you veto any bill that seeks to make firearm or ammunition manufacturers criminally responsible or civilly liable for the acts of their customers?
- Why, with specificity, have you evolved from your position in 2000 to your position today? What do you believe today that you did not believe fifteen years ago?
Until he is asked and answers, unequivocally, the above questions I’m left with what he said in 2000 and what he said 2016. Both statements are favorable, opportunistic, to the times in which they were made. That makes me uneasy.
And the Gun Owners of America, “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington” according to Ron Paul, and whom Mother Jones laments as one of “7 Gun Groups That Make The NRA Look Reasonable”, has endorsed Ted Cruz, not Trump. They sound uneasy, too.
February 21, 2016