President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address held a key couple sentences that are reminding all Americans he stands squarely with protecting their Second Amendment rights.
“Just as we believe in the First Amendment, we also believe in another Constitutional right that is under siege all across our country,” President Trump said. “So long as I am President, I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”
With that phrase, President Trump set off a striking contrast. On one side, he’s clearly positioning himself as the guardian of Second Amendment rights. He’s got three years of his administration’s record. He’s appointed to two supreme court justices, both originalists who respect the text of the Second Amendment. In addition to the nation’s high court, President Trump has also appointed 44 Circuit Court judges, and 112 District Court judges, all of whom the White House touts as judges who interpret the Constitution as written.
Juxtaposed against that is the current field of Democratic nominees. They labeled the firearms industry as “the enemy.” The leading candidates propose repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, to expose firearms manufacturers to punishing and superfluous lawsuits that wrongfully assign blame for the criminal actions of individuals. This would be akin to holding General Motors responsible for drunk driving accidents.
They go further, wanting to ban modern sporting rifles, the most popular selling centerfire rifle on the market today. More than 17.7 million of these rifles are in circulation, making the commonly owned firearms one of the leading choices for today’s gun owner for self-defense, recreational target shooting and hunting. Candidates want to ration gun purchases, register and track law-abiding gun owners and even require fantasy spy novel fiction technology to use DNA matches for guns to work.