Donald Trump just won a hard fought campaign for President of the United State, to our amazement and grateful relief. During that campaign, he assured us that our gun rights would be safe if he were elected. Of that we are confident. Surely more confident than if the Hildebeast had won. But what really can we expect to happen to our rights.
This past Friday, Trump posted on his website, an expansion of his position on concealed carry permits. He said, “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. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense.”
He is right about that. The Constitution expresses and guarantees rights that are given to us by God, – the right to life and the right to defend that life through whatever means necessarry. The Constitution does not give us that right.
He further went on, “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. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state.” And as we have shown before, cars are much more deadly than guns.
“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 right, not a privilege.” Did you read that? Donald Trump has a concealed carry permit. And he likens it to a driver’s license but more imperative than a driver license since it is a Right. What is more, his statement seems to follow in line with H.R. 923 which is a House bill that was proposed by Senator John Comyn (R-Texas) and Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana), which require all states to honor concealed carry permits issued by any other states in the Union. It would be called the “National Reciprocity Act”. It is similar to another bill that was passed by the House back in 2011 before getting bogged down in the Senate. Now it may have a real chance.
President Donald J. Trump further intends to appoint a Justice to the Supreme Court who is similar in beliefs as was the late Antonin Scalia. That move alone will at least protect our remaining rights. Should any other appointments be necessary due to one of the remaining Liberal Judges moving on, then we may actually be able to re-confirm some rights that have been squandered by previous rulings. He has promised to nominate Justices that will abide by the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. That is all that we ask. We are not interested in creating new laws from the bench as the Supreme Court has done and the Libs have pushed in the past with some more Liberal decisions such as Roe v. Wade.
He has also stated that he wants to empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves, saying that, “law enforcement does a tremendous job, but they can’t be everywhere all of the time”. As we like to say, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” It will be up to us to provide for our own defense – as it should be.
On his website he renumerates some other items he wants to support starting with
- Defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners and,
- Allow our military bases and recruiting centers to defend themselves.
- Enact a National Right to Carry for all 50 states (as stated above).
- Fix the system of background checks and make it work as it was intended – not expand a broken system.
- Stop dictating what guns are good or bad. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms that honest people are allowed to own.
Donald Trump has spoken very strongly in favor of the Second Amendment. He proudly announced the NRA endorsed him early in his campaign. He has promised to appoint judges who share that opinion to the Supreme Court. But what counts in the end is what he actually does. What matters is what he does and less what he says.
I for one, believe that he will endeavor to uphold every one of his promises. For that, I am excited. But he is only the President and still has to contend with Congress. Granted we have majorities in both houses, but not every one of them necessarily think like he does. Plus, there are still some Liberal Democrats left. They are going to do everything they can to block the Republicans from enacting sweeping gun legislation. They still have the power of the filibuster. But I hope that the recent election will create an atmosphere of cooperation on the part of the Democrats as it did when Reagan was elected in 1980 when the Dems agreed to give him his mandate, for a while at least.
It’s going to be up to us to make him accountable for his actions going forward. His words have been exciting. His actions are still to come. After all, our lives, our livelihoods and our ability to defend ourselves, depend on what is to come in the months ahead.
Thank you Jesus for your help in allowing Donald Trump to be elected.