For the past few months, Donald Trump’s official campaign website has listed just one position on its “Positions” page. But today, that changed:
In addition to Trump’s signature issue of immigration “reform,” his website now includes a position paper on “Second Amendment rights.” The GOP frontrunner’s position is essentially a staunch defense of the Second Amendment with no proposals to add any new laws or regulations to the books. Instead, Trump says we need to enforce the laws we have and focus on the country’s “broken mental health system.”
In Trump’s view, “law-abiding” gun owners “get blamed by anti-gun politicians, gun control groups and the media for the acts of deranged madmen” when “none of their so-called ‘solutions’ would have prevented the tragedy in the first place.”
Trump also comes out against any gun or magazine bans, arguing that “opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people.”
On background checks, he heralds the system already in place without mentioning the various loopholes for gun shows and private sales.
And Trump calls for a “National Right to Carry,” which would allow a concealed carry permit issued in one state to apply nationwide. “A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state,” the paper reads. “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.”
As with many other positions during his current campaign for president, Trump’s support for gun rights was not always as resolute as it is today.
In 2000, he wrote, “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.”
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