Last week, the Donald Trump campaign released it’s second policy paper. This one on the topic of gun control and to be honest, I like the position he (or maybe a campaign advisor) has taken on this topic.
Here are a few excerpts from the paper:
“The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.”
“A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state.”
“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.”
All pretty good stuff (in my opinion). He also says he supports arming members of the military while on base and at recruitment centers and that he opposes expansion of the background check system.
The bottom line is that other than doing away with the more ridiculous aspects of the NFA (suppressor limitations and limits on rifle length) his policy paper matches my beliefs on these topics completely. So, what’s the problem. Well, this policy statement doesn’t jive with what Mr. Trump has said previously nor how he runs his businesses.
For example, these quotes from page 102 of his book The America We Deserve:
“It’s often argued that the American murder rate is high because guns are more available here than in other countries. Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions.”
“I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within 72-hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”
While still (mostly) positive these statement don’t quite reflect quite the same strength of support for the Second Amendment that he is trying to reflect in his recent policy paper. While it is possible that his attitudes and support of the Second Amendment have evolved and gotten stronger over time it is equally possible that he is doing exactly what he criticizes other politicians of doing, pandering to their constituency in order to get elected.
Donald Trump claims to be strong in his beliefs and not weighed down by the bounds of political correctness; that he speaks his mind. For example, he was very clear about what he (supposedly) feels about gun free zones in this July Tweet:
A sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly. So I ask this, if he truly feels this way about gun free zones why are Trump properties posted with no guns allowed signs?
So I ask again:
So won’t the real Donald trump, please stand up,
Please stand up,
Please stand up…