By Fredy Riehl
Editor AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
New York, NY -(Ammoland.com)- Hello Mr Trump. Many of our readers are very excited that you have thrown your hat in the ring to run for president in 2016.
They like the idea that you have nothing to do with politics and that you have real experience running large, successful business, successful being the key word. I hope you and your family are up for the challenges of running for president.
AmmoLand: Speaking of family I know you and your sons recently attended the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting, where you were asked to speak. How long have you been active with the NRA and what do you think about the influence the NRA has in politics?
“I am a Life Member of the NRA and am proud of their service in protecting our right to keep and bear arms. The NRA’s efforts to stop dangerous, gun-banning legislation and regulation is invaluable. The media focus on those efforts overshadows the great work the NRA does on behalf of safety and conservation.
I have a permit to carry and, living in New York, I know firsthand the challenges law-abiding citizens have in exercising their Second Amendment rights. My most trusted sources are my sons, Don, Jr. and Eric. They are fantastic sportsmen and are deeply involved in hunting, competitive shooting, and habitat conservation.”
AmmoLand: The deceptive term “Assault Weapons” has proven to be a buzz word among the anti-gun media. Back in 2000 in your book “The America We Deserve“ you wrote “The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse to even limited restrictions. 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.” Since that time the AR15 rifle, what the media calls an “assault weapons“, has become America’s most popular firearm with millions and millions of them owned by good people.
Do you still stand by this quote or has your thinking evolved over the 15 years since you wrote that line?
“I certainly stand by my opposition to Gun Control when it comes to taking guns from law-abiding citizens. You mention that the media describes the AR-15 as an “assault rifle,” which is one example of the many distortions they use to sell their agenda. However, the AR-15 does not fall under this category. Gun-banners are unfortunately preoccupied with the AR-15, magazine capacity, grips, and other aesthetics, precisely because of its popularity.”
“To the Left every gun is an assault weapon.”
“Gun control does not reduce crime. It has consistently failed to stop violence. Americans are entitled to protect their families, their property and themselves. In fact, in right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the United States and the murder rate is 28% lower. This should not be up for debate.”
AmmoLand: You have been a long time resident of New York City and we can only assume that you know former Mayor Michael Bloomberg pretty well. We have followed his efforts to undermine the Second Amendment through his various anti-gun front groups. What does he have against the RKBA and why don’t we see wealthy conservatives making a similar ‘all in’ push to support gun rights?
“Mayor Bloomberg and I are friends. However, on this we agree to disagree. I believe there are two reasons you do not see a similar effort from Mayor Bloomberg’s polar opposite. ”
“First, many wealthy live behind gates, armed security, and away from crime. They may have little understanding of how fellow citizens are challenged in defending themselves and their property. The second reason is that we have the NRA and other groups already in the arena.”
“The Trump family knows these organizations are the best investment if we are to defend the right to keep and bear arms.”
AmmoLand: Karl Rove recently voiced support for a repeal of the Second Amendment as a way to stop gun violence. What do you think of this suggestion or, as our readers believe, is it a God given right that can not be repealed by politicians?
“Karl Rove is a proven loser. He wasted $400 million in 2012 and did not win a single race.
“The Second Amendment is a bedrock natural right of the individual to defend self, family, and property. It is a ridiculous notion to ever repeal it.”
“For Rove to even think it shows a lack of respect for all of the freedoms in our Constitution and a complete ignorance of our shared American inheritance.”
AmmoLand: As we have reported on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News, two of your sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., have been the target of harassment by anti-hunting groups after they posted pictures of their successes while hunting in Africa. What advice do you have for other hunters that maybe be being bullied online or elsewhere by this shrill minority?
“My advice is to remain vigilant. Harassment of this nature will always be with us, but we know that Americans have inherited a strong outdoor and shooting heritage that we are happy to defend.”
“The 2nd Amendment is right, not a privilege. The small minority of anti-everything activists may be vocal, but we have facts, and the Constitution, on our side.”
“I would also add that hunters contribute more to the preservation of game animals and their habitat than any of these protesters. Hunters are the original conservationists. To see this historically you have to look no further then Teddy Roosevelt and his creation of the National Parks System.”
AmmoLand: Universal Background Checks to acquire guns is something President Obama has long been pushing for, yet background checks would not or did not stop any of the recent shooters from getting guns. What is your position on Background Checks? And do you see a need for even more government approval for someone to own a gun?
“I do not support expanding background checks. The current background checks do not work.”
“They make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to acquire firearms while consistently failing to stop criminals from getting guns. We should re-examine our policy to make sure that these prohibitions do not impede law abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
AmmoLand: A lot of Democrats in politics today are crying for firearms magazine restrictions. But as we saw just with the Charleston, S.C. church killer, he used standard capacity magazines and quickly changed them out five or more times. So how does it make any sense to have gun magazine size limits?
“Gun magazine limits do not make common sense. I have long opposed such limits. For instance, I fought the SAFE Act in New York, which I call the “Unsafe Act.” I also spoke at a rally in Albany championing gun rights and protesting the Unsafe Act. The law limited capacity to seven rounds, as if criminals were going to take rounds out of their magazines before committing a crime. It was later changed to a limit of ten rounds, but the entire episode was a complete disaster.”
“Never mindful of the results, this effort was just one more attempt to erode the Second Amendment.”
AmmoLand: Lots of AmmoLand’s active duty readers have complained that many, if not all, of our military bases are “Gun Free Zones” and that these highly trained war fighters are left defenseless and disarmed against murderers, like the Fort Hood Shooter, when they are stationed on U.S. bases. Would you have a problem allowing our military bases to set their own polices with regard to personal weapons and do away with the “Gun Free Zones” death trap?
“[gun free zones] No, not optional. As Commander-in-Chief, I would mandate that soldiers remain armed and on alert at our military bases.
President Clinton never should have passed a ban on soldiers being able to protect themselves on bases. America’s Armed Forces will be armed.
They will be able to defend themselves against terrorists. Our brave soldiers should not be at risk because of policy created by civilian leadership. Political correctness has no place in this debate.”
AmmoLand: Thank you for taking the time to answer some of our questions today. We wish you the best of luck in your presidential run. As we leave you would you like to tell our readers what the Second Amendment means to you and your family?
“The Trump family will stay vigilant in our support of right to keep and bear arms. And given today’s threats across the United States it is as important now as ever. National Security begins in our homes. All citizens must have the ability to protect themselves, their families, and their property. The Second Amendment is a right, not a privilege. Our safety and defense is embodied in the Second Amendment and I will always protect this most important right.
“Our country is ready for a bold new direction. We can bring common sense to Washington. This is our time to Make America Great Again!”
Whether it’s Donald Trump or some other politically inclined presidential candidate this country will never recover from the destruction obamanation has done with his pen and phone. If a leftist, liberal, progressive, however you want to call it is running this country all that can be expected is destruction. Obama is a Muslim who is anti american. He does not like our nation and he is definitely not a patriot. Obama, aka Barry sortero, had agenda and has been very successful in carrying it out. He is totally against the 2nd amendment and his whole though process reminds me of… Read more »
Trump may not be perfect but i think he is the inly one that can beat Clinton
I dont trust him for a second….he’s there to divert attention from Rand Paul and Ted Cruz….he’s another Ross Perot…
Is that right?
Don just needs to split the democratic voters like he did everyone else he may have a chance then. We certainly dont want Christie , mr “whatever the voters want to hear I sign”.
Mr Trump is the Fred Astare of the Repulican party. Just as Mrs Bill Clinton is the Ginger Rogers of the Demicratic party.
Trump is for Trump. Split the vote with a 3rd party Trump candidacy and Hillary Clinton is the next President. Trump’s only concerned is Trump.
I have to agree with you.
Yes Mr. Santini, you are correct. He might even be in the race just to ascertain a Democratic victory, but I think it is all Trump ego. He thrives on the limelight. With almost unlimited money, what else can he do?
I agree with almost everything Trump said. I have only one great big problem with it – “How do you tell when a politician is lying?” – answer: THEIR LIPS ARE MOVING! The only way to truly gauge a politician, and Trump IS a politician, is to examine their record. What he has said in the past, what he has done in the past, what party or parties he has contributed to in the past, etc.. A great person once said “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are!” Look at Trump’s friends, the Clintons, Bloomberg, etc..… Read more »
THE BEST THING TRUMP HAS GOING FOR HIM IS THAT HE’S NOT A POLITICIAN ! ! I THINK MOST OF US IN AMERICA ARE JUST TIRED AND PLAIN FED UP WITH ‘POLITICIANS’ PER SE. I NEVER THOUGHT TRUMP WOULD HAVE SUCH A FOLLOWING AS HE HAS…… ONE THING IS FOR SHURE…. THE POLITICIANS ARE AFRAID OF HIM, BOTH PARTIES ! ! !
DONALD TRUMP ………………….. Some people are getting very nervous, including Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few. And I know why. I wrote a book titled “The Murder of the Middle Class” about the unholy conspiracy between big government, big business and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all and all for one. It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich — everyone except the American… Read more »
Donald Trump in the race guarantees Hillary Clinton will win. Guaranteed.
The only true God fearing, Constitution loving and respecting American who is qualified to be a U.S. President is Dr. Ben Carson. If you haven’t heard of him it is because the Media doesn’t want you to and the drama of Trump is making their rating go high. Please research and you will be impressed by how brilliant this man is.
No more black presidents ! Let’s get a White Man back in the White House !
Amen dam Mexicans need to go back where they come from take our jobs away get free money from gov. They kill they steal they get away with everything it is a major problem
I have respect for someone that says how they really feel. He does not back track. Donald Trump makes me think of an older country song by Aaron Tippin,
It is now Monday. He has trashed a true PATRIOT AND WAR HERO AND HE IS TOO DAMN STUBBORN TO BACK DOWN. He knows he misspoke. He also cheated business for 100s of millions. If you vote for him or support him, wow.
Donald Trump for President! He is the only one that has the guts, brains and solid, workable plans to tackle the pressing issues, such as ISIS and illegals.
I’m 100% for Trump as Commander and Chief of the United States ! We haven’t had one for many years ! He is a ‘leader’ of and for the people— all of us Americans, not just Black, White, Latino, Blue, Brown, Pink or Whoever ! He is most definitely NOT a politician (thank God) who does nothing but prepare for re-election but rather a honest visionary leader whose desires are nothing short of making a stronger America. America, weak as it is now, no longer globally respected, trusted nor admired, can possibly help other nations. As to the subject of… Read more »
AMEN, BROTHER……… !
I have heard Trump speak and I agree 100% with everything I have heard him say on ALL issues so far. He just tells the FACTS, but many so called Americans don’t want to hear them. We have our 2nd Amendment Rights concerning weapons. Personally, I don’t see any need for anyone not police or military to have any semi-auto- matic RIFLES. But if more good citizens carried and could defend themselves and others from nuts that get weapons, the mass shootings in particular would not happen. Get this point clear: “Assault” to attack another in any way, shape or… Read more »
I may not agree with all your ideas ,,,BUT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS ( “HELP” ) IT IS YOU OR BUSH .
GOOD LUCK MR. TRUMP
This sounds great. I had never paid much attention to Trump, but lately, every time he opens his mouth, I gain a little more respect for him. The real litmus test will be next week when I travel to Las Vegas. I will stop by his hotel to see if it is posted as a “Gun Free Zone”. If so, all the statements he just made would seem hypocritical.
I definitely agree, someone, whether it be ammoland, etc. needs to push the subject. He is very quick to change the subject. He has definitely, in my book, said enough in favor for guns and the second amendment, that he should be removed from office if his actions do not resemble his words. In my book that is treason. I am leaning toward him in the race, but he is very “duck and weave” on the subject. With all that has happened, he knows that the majority of “winning votes” are going to come from gun enthusiasts!!! Ammoland… you dropped… Read more »
You really gotta wonder just what the ‘perks’ are? Guys like Trump spend millions of dollars to win election to a job that only pays a couple of hundred thousand a year. Is it really all about power?
Trump was referring to the existing ban (passed in 1994) on “assault weapons” when he said he supported it which did include AR-15s. Since he didn’t say he evolved, he’s basically weaseling out of the question. I will NOT vote for him because of this.
Hillary Clinton will in fact be our next President. It has already been determined. You can not fight the Soro’s electronic voting machines, nor the Special Interest Groups. Who would ever have thought Obama could possibly have been elected once, let alone twice, it has nothing to do with his race, in fact he really isn’t all that “black,” from a race standpoint. The youth of this country would vote for anyone who promises them higher minimum wage, and a free something made by Apple. Trump hasn’t a snow ball’s chance in “ammo land.”
They need to double and triple up Donald, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry (go as a team and pool monies to get one of you elected) . Understand as per past history clinton will get 98% of the Black vote, so forget them and go after the rest of the country.
The “Black Vote is less than 3%, it isn’t needed and it is highly overrated by the press. Reagan got less than 1/2 of 1 % of the media driven so important “Black Vote,” and he won by a landslide. The Black vote is meaningless. It was the educated white woman vote that propelled Obama in office. Pay back the white male is more important than any concern for this Country. Clinton is backed by outside the country marxist cash. Islamic cash and laundered cash.
Trump is as cool as the center seed of a cucumber.
I don’t think the Trump/Cruz ticket could be beat by any liberal trash running. But knowing Cruz’s vanity I doubt he would be interested in VP (I could be wrong about that though) ! That Clinton #$%#% will just continue to lie and mislead everyone about everything like she always does. She expects the liberal biased news media to get her skank ass in the White House. Trump has the money where that BS won’t work ! Trump is the liberals worst nightmare ! Trump says it like it is and don’t give a damn about political correctness,or offending anyone… Read more »
Bush Sr. was a member of the N.R.A. and guess who was the first president to sign the Assault Weapons bill into law? Bush Sr.! Every politician except for Rand Paul says exactly what they think we want to hear. I am sick of all of them lying to us to get in office and then turning their backs on us in the spirit of “Compromise”. Screw compromise, the constitution in my opinion is not up for compromise on the Second Amendment!
Clinton signed the AWB into law in ’94,not Bush Sr. !
Wrong again! Even Rand Paul talks out of both sides of his mouth. We love to have our ears tickled don’t we?
Donald Trump is raising the proud, bowed heads of delusional people, which has been forced upon them under the control of King Obama’s citadel of Liberal-Democratic radicals. Trump has stimulated the expectations of the people for a new type of President and thereby he has skyrocketed in the polls. The only thing that can stop him is the GOP elitist debates, if the engagement is rigged against him. Finally the voice of the people is being heard over the wealthy donors who haunt the halls of Congress for favors offering votive packages of 100 dollar bills. But dollars cannot buy… Read more »
Mr. Francis,you write too intelligently to actually believe and support Mr. Trump. Who is paying you?
the govt doesn’t exist, it’s all a lie. The world is one big business of lies and manipulation and milked technology!
We need a president who is all for National Security of the USA. All for USA Economy. All for Jobs for Americans and Legal citizens First in the USA. All for Stopping Pharmacutical Fraud. All for Stopping Welfare Fraud. All for protecting OUR rights, freedom, privacy, liberty, independance. All for (STOPPING) and (PERMANENTLY) Ending (Traitor. Tyrany. Capitalism. Communism. Martial law. LawBreaking. Abuse of Power. OverControll. Invasion of Privacy. Violation of Constitution. Amendments. Bill of Rights. Declaration of Independance. Civil Rights. Rights. Freedom. Privacy. liberty. Independance. Guns. Gun Rights. Gun Conceal Carry. Traditional Holidays. Traditional Holiday Celebrations. Banning any type of Fireworks… Read more »
Yep,that the kind of president we need ! But we have Hussein Obama !
If Donald the Scofflaw Trump is so successful at running businesses, why the multiple bankruptcies? Or is “running businesses into the ground” what you meant?
Congrats Seth, another American that pays attention.
You have to understand that when Trump files for bankruptcy its for business,tax reasons every time ! I know it don’t make sense but what I’m telling you is the truth !
Business tax reasons? So he legally screwed the Government and businesses for..,. you are truly an idiot.
Seth the major drawback to Mr Trump is just what you alluded to. He has purposefully screwed many people with corporate bankruptcy. I will not be able to support him regardless of the fact that he has a reasonable idea on gun laws and the fact that he actually answers questions when asked. Someone mentioned Cruz, he is dangerous to the U.S.
With Hillary and Obama around you dare to call Trump a ‘scofflaw’? Trump is the best best we have, excepting possibly Cruz. Don’t let the Leftist media poison your mind against him. They are trying to to that because they’re scared to death of him. He’s not a politician, he is wealthy and cannot be ‘bought’, he puts this country’s interests ahead of politics, he has experience and knowledge. Not only that but he speaks the truth as he sees it and isn’t mincing words to try and pussyfoot around the issues. The Left is scared to death of him… Read more »
Exactly right, is two or three bankruptcies? $300 million or $20 Billion stolen from people who trusted him? Doesn’t really matter, he does have swagger and is definitely an a-hole, Sure why not vote for him?
There are readers here may not recognize this as sarcasm. So… do not vote for the lying cheat.
When Trump first announced he was running for president I thought,oh shit ! But I’m really starting to pay attention to what hes saying and what hes saying is the truth and makes alot of sense. Hes no candie ass and says whats on his mind and is not into that ‘political correct’ bullshit or offending anyone ! Cruz/Trump ’16 ! Hilliary dont stand a chance in hell of becoming president of this country anyway ! Besides,Bill would be calling the shots and would make a pitiful first lady !
Talk is a cheap commodity Mr Trump…while you piously claim fealty to our liberty you put your money where our tyranny is….in the hands of Democrats seeking to surrender our Constitution and the second amendment which assures its survival to the UN
The american people need you to be their president a no bull shit straight forward strong president it will be the only chance we have or we are all doomed go get them MR TRUMP!!!
Those who have a voice to the people must change their narrative when it comes to speaking out against illegal immigration. The proper narrative is to describe the Democrats as betrayers of American citizens. The Democratic Party supports and encourages illegal immigration for votes. This is betrayal of our citizens and our Republic. No one likes a traitor! Call the Democratic Party out for betrayal!
If he can keep his multimillion dollar company from going belly up maybe he can fix the deficit. Too bad according to this article he won’t be running til 2106.
Fixed, you can vote for him now in 2016.
Fixed ? Are you serious ?
The Donald .I must pass on. He is clearly no fan of citizen ownership of AR-15’s and magazines holding more than 10 rounds. He is a 1% elitist .Those untouchable gated community people who think they know better. Than the yeoman, common folk ,of America. If he is not like Bill % Hitlery Clinton. Why did he donate $100,000 to Clinton’s Globalist Initiative Foundation? Globalist really ? We are 7% of the world’s population. But we are unique .We are the greatest nation on this planet. These globalists want us to forget about being citizens of America. They want us… Read more »
Read Trumps comments, he and Hillary hold the exact same position on gun control. The NRA should compromise and support background checks, longer waiting periods and a ban on assault rifles. On guns he and Hillary are the same.
Why would any gun owner support this?
Earlier I posted a comment. I said something about a Yarmulke. That’s why you didn’t post it , right? Creative censorship, right? I understand.
So you don’t think Ammoland likes Jews ?
1) I think Trump is a breath of fresh air and causes positive open discussion.
2) I heard Rove on Fox, he was NOT advocating repeal of the 2nd amendment, he was being sarcastic. Learn the difference.
Learn the difference my ass ! Rove is an idiot for ‘being sarcastic’ about anything as viotile as the 2A is ! When I talk about the 2A I’m serious and dont joke around on that subject even with family. PS,theres one hell of alot of gungrabbing liberals who dont think Rove was being sarcastic when he said that ! Rove needs to just fade away !
Trump already has MY vote! Hopefully he will somehow get NJ politicians to allow ‘us law abiding citizens our Right To Bear our arms that we have! Go Donald!!!! NJ Rino Christy hasn’t done a damn thing for us!
You know trump holds the exact same views as Hillary on gun ownership, they both support the exact same “common sense laws”. He is more anti gun then Romney is.
Teddy Cruz, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio
I never would have guessed you live in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia.
I left a comment this morning, mentioned something about a ceremonial Yarmulke! Guess I know something now about what it takes to be CENSORED on your blog. Thank you and remove me from your list!!!
Ain’t that one of them Jewish beanies they wear in Isreal for some kind of ceremony at the wailing wall or something ? Ammoland aint gonna censor you because of that Jewish beanie. Some of the people I know the best are Jewish !
Clearly DJT will not be a JV POSUS like Obama.
Donald Trump has always been proud of America UNLIKE MICHELLE OBAMA
Donald Trump has the best vision I have seen yet for the values and guidance of our country. If he is elected president
the people of New York may just get their ( carry permit ) . My wife and I booth like his mindset on freedom and liberty
and you can bet he has our vote .
Trump has evolved on gun control….check out his past record
The more I know and hear from Donald Trump, the better I like him! I believe he would make a great President and would enhance the United States for years. His views on gun rights are consistent with mine and my friends and relatives have these same values. I would like to see questions and answers on how he would shape the economy and create jobs for Americans. Additionally, his opinions on the strength of our military and the war against Isis. On todays news, it stated that Obama will remove 40,000 people from the Army and more from the… Read more »
He has a “Carry Permit” in NYC. Only very few celebrities and the elite have this privilege. How can he identify with the people and say EVERONE has the right to self defense? You got yours Mr. Trump, how about the rest of the city? I guess we don’t count.
You need to go back and re-read what he said. You misread his statement.
Trump doesn’t make the laws in New York State or New York City, that would be the democrats. That’s is their law not Trumps.
I think you misunderstood where he was going with his statement. Yes he has a carry permit in NY . Which as some say is limited . His goal is to make all law biding citizens able to protect themself an family.an property if they wish . I’m pretty sure this included everywhere . And if you keep up on things . Alot of states are already going to full open carry already nd allowing more Gunn rights each day that didn’t have them before .
The Donald just got my vote. I like what I’m hearing about restoring our Republic. Long live freedom and the 2nd Amendment and screw Rove and the RINOs.
I have never paid much attention to politics since the Reagan years until now because of the idiots and liars on capital hill who can’t run our country It’s really sad what our American country has come too. We need someone who tells it like it is, knows how to actually answer a question and does not have politicians in their pocket telling them what to do. People laugh at Trump and think he is a joke because they are too ignorant to understand what he is saying or refuse to open their eyes to what is really going on.… Read more »
A very skilled interviewee he avoided directly answering the two points that have plagued him for years. That should be all the answer anyone needs.
He’s the right person for the Presidency. Unfortunately the media will do everything to destroy him.
Dear Mr. Trump I am a 69 year old man living in Illinois and Sir I have never been more impressed than I was when I heard you’re announcement of running for the highest office in the land I got up and did a little jig Sir I am retired from state work and still have to work part time for at least two more years I’m in excellent shape and health and I really would enjoy being able to work for you Sir I am really excited about your ability to make this happen. Sir I’m a pastor in… Read more »
Bravo Mr. Roger Alan Dennis! I truly admire your thoughts on this, and I totally agree with you. Here’s hoping that such will come to fruition. I believe that Donald Trump is the kind of “change” our great country desperately needs. May God be with us.
GO TO Washington and try to straighten Obama’s mess. Good luck Mr Trump.