How President Trump has Supported the Second Amendment

Donald Trump – Second Amendment

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- President Donald Trump is the most vocal supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution that has ever inhabited the White House.

Before 1934, there were few restrictions on firearm purchases and virtually none at the federal level. It is not surprising that before 1934, presidents said little about the Second Amendment.

Franklin  Delano Roosevelt was blatantly anti-Second Amendment. He showed it with his court picks and the attempt to register and license all handguns in the United States. While the attempt failed, the first serious federal gun law, the National Firearms Act, was passed as a compromise.

Only President Trump has given serious support to the Second Amendment in the 85 years since. Most have tended to be neutral; Democrats became eager to impose more infringements in the 1960's when the entire party was radicalized. President Reagan was supportive, but not as much as President Trump.

What has President Trump done to restore the Second Amendment?

The most obvious, long lasting and consequential actions are President Trump's pick of originalist and textualist Supreme Court justices,  Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

These two justices mean the infringements of Second Amendment rights winked at by the Supreme Court in the last three years, will probably be stopped and rolled back.  The Supreme Court will probably validate the right to bear arms outside the home, not just to be able to carry a pistol from the kitchen to the bedroom. It is likely the Supreme Court will hold the Second Amendment protects ammunition sales and the private sale of firearms as well as to mere possession.

Without originalist and textualist justices on the Supreme Court, the circuit courts would be allowed to run roughshod over Second Amendment rights, just as they did for 80 years after the Miller decision. During that period, the Supreme Court simply refused to hear any cases involving the Second Amendment. That will not happen.

We can thank President Donald Trump. President Trump had to drag the Republican party over the finish line, but he was able to do so.

There are other consequential victories from the Trump administration. They are worthwhile.

The Department of Justice reached a settlement with Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation on removing the ITAR restrictions that had been put in place by the Obama administration. The ITAR restrictions criminalized the transfer of computer code on how to make guns, at least over the Internet.  The ITAR restrictions imperiled both the First and Second Amendments.  A lawsuit against the settlement is in progress. It will fail.

The Corps of Engineers (COE) agreed to settle the two cases challenging the Constitutionality of bans on the exercise of the Second Amendment on lands administered by the COE.  Rulemaking on those agreements is still in progress. Those should support Second Amendment rights on COE managed property.

Importantly, President Donald Trump defends the concept of armed self-defense. As a person who actively held a difficult to obtain concealed carry permit in New York City, he views reality with the gaze of an armed man.

From school shootings, where he has championed the use of armed teachers to defend their charges, to the current outrage of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass murder by a Trump hating anti-Semite, he has refused to bow to those who want a disarmed population.  The Left is continually outraged with President Trump's contention that more armed citizens would result in fewer mass murder victims.

We have not seen progress on national reciprocity or the hearing protection act.  President Trump has lacked the support of his party for the first year and a half of his Presidency. That has been changing. President Trump has been winning over adversaries among the Republicans, just as he has been winning on many national issues.

It has become trite to call the upcoming election the most important election ever. The American system of government has proven amazingly durable. However, over the last 50 years, we have seen a steady erosion of the power and freedoms of the citizenry.

President Trump's election has set the stage for stopping the juggernaut of Progressivism, Globalism, and the massive regulatory state that continually infringes on all our rights as free people.

The loss of the House or the Senate will stop his reforms. Nothing will be accomplished except for endless investigations and calls for impeachment. Many Democrats are calling for the impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh and packing the Supreme Court with more Progressive justices when they take the Presidency, perhaps in 2020.

I do not think that will happen. It all depends on President Trump's supporters going to the polls and retaining Republican party control over the House of Representatives and the Senate.

President Trump, in two years, has been able to convince, cajole,  and construct a Republican party in his image. Control of the House and the Senate is necessary to enact his much-needed reforms. All indication are the races will be settled by which party's voters decide to go to the polls.

President Trump has the numbers if his supporters are willing to take the time to vote.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 29 thoughts on “How President Trump has Supported the Second Amendment

    1. HR 38 HAS BEEN IN THE SENATE FOR MONTHS, IT MAY AS WELL BE DEAD! BECAUSE NONE OF THE SENATORS HAVE THE BALLS TO BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE BECAUSE OF THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS. TRUMP ALREADY SAID IF IT GOT TO HIS DESK HE WOULD SIGN IT AS SOON AS IT DID. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS AFTER THE ELECTION THE POWER IN THE SENATE IS GOING TO SHIFT TO THE DEMOCRATS( hope it does’t happen) But if it does the Republicans will then blame it on the Democrats not passing it. WHEN IN FACT IF THEY CARED ABOUT OR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WOULD HAVE PUSHED IT THRU. AS FAR AS CUOMO DO YOU THINK HE WILL ALLOW A LEGAL ELECTION? HE HAS ALREADY PROVEN THAT HE GIVES STATE CONTRACTS TO PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTE TO HIS ELECTION FUND, HE IS A CROOK. SENATOR TOM LIBOUS WAS ARRESTED AND CONVICTED FOR USING HIS INFLUANCE TO GET HIS SON A JOB AT A MAJOR LAW FIRM. IN COMPARISON THAT IS NOTHING! COMPARED TO WHAT CUOMO HAS DONE. HE’S STILL WALKING AROUND NEW YORK UNTOUCHED. BECAUSE EVERYONE IS AFRAID OF HIM. (WORRIED HIS MOB FRIENDS WILL COME AFTER THEM) LOL.
      VOTE HIM OUT OF NEW YORK AND IF HE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT MAKE SURE YOU DON’T VOTE FOE HIM.

    2. I voted for Donald Trump and I’m glad I did but one statement in one of his debates before being elected was ” I will follow the Constitution and it’s Amendments to the letter”. I believed him when he said this and I am a strong believer in the 2nd Amendment and what it means to the Citizens of the United States. I believe that every Citizen has the right to keep and bear arms anywhere excet for Court rooms, Police Stations and other Government Facilities if they so choose. The 2ns Amendment should be our Gun permit. The 2nd Amendment clearly ststes “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED’. To me this means that it can never be repealed and there can be no law enacted that goes against it. If we are a truly Constitutional Republic then every law should be based on our Constitution and it’s Amendments. But that’s not the way it is. There are so many politicians that write Bills that go against many parts of our Constitution and it’s Amendments. This even thouigh when they take their Oath of Office every one of them agree to Protect and Preserve our Constitution with it’s Amendments. This is clearly not abising by their Oath of Office that they said and agreed to and there should be some type of punishment attached to these Oaths which should include losing their position in the job they are holding in our Government such as no longer being a Senator, or part of Congress or the House of Representatives. They should all be fired somehow.

      1. @Norman D, What you say is true. “… politicians that write Bills that go against many parts of our Constitution and it’s Amendments. This even thouigh when they take their Oath of Office every one of them agree to Protect and Preserve our Constitution with it’s Amendments.” is the product of American voters, over many generations, allowing the Washington Swamp to exist. And there are still people in America that don’t know who to vote for until their favorite celebrity tells them for whom to vote.
        We must do our part to drain the Congressional Swamp, so that Trump can drain the judicial swamp, and the bureaucratic swamp. That takes time. Our next opportunity to drain the District of Corruption is this next Tuesday. See you all at the polls, brother patriots.

    3. He did appoint two pro 2 A Supreme Court justices.
      I will give him that credit.
      Otherwise, he has done NOTHING for gun owners!
      National reciprocity and hearing protection act are dead.
      He has directed D O J to make a bumpstock ban by rule making
      He is for Extreme risk protection orders where you lose your guns first and then have to fight to get them back.
      The republican party takes gun owners for granted
      And they are right, who else can’t leave him for?

      1. If the Republican Party (Us) takes gun owners for granted, what do you say about the Democrat party? If we had Hillary as POTUS, you’d be loosing guns, and hoping you can keep your knives! Get Real!
        Gun reciprocity AND hearing protection takes a Congress with LESS DEMOCRATS! With the Dems in place, we can’t even get Kate’s Law passed. VOTE AND GET OTHERS TO VOTE!

    4. f I told you that a POTUS would say “Take the guns first, go through due process second” would you vote for him or his party? (https://tinyurl.com/y8ddqnrd)

      If I told you that POTUS signed Fix NICS, furthering the database that keeps people from buying weapons, that he told the DOJ to find a way to ban bump stocks on the basis that a semi-auto becomes full auto…would you vote for him or his party? (https://tinyurl.com/ycdvkn62)

      Yes, the Democrat party uses its constituencies like a $2 whore. At least they’re honest about wanting to give free stuff to the people, taxing everyone into oblivion, setting up marches and coming after our Rights.

      Pro-RKBA people should be pushing for the repeal of 1968 Crime Control/GCA and 1934 NFA (https://tinyurl.com/pbmrq43). These are failed “laws” that do not serve the population.

      But no, POTUS is considered RKBA CHAMPION, regardless of his DAY ONE promise on gun free zones. (https://tinyurl.com/zhs9jll). The author says ” President Donald Trump is the most vocal supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution that has ever inhabited the White House.” Check your medications with your doctor.

      Vote straight ticket R and wonder why reciprocity, silencers, NFA/GCA68 continues. Puzzle at why RKBA languishes. What are you getting in return for your vote and campaign contributions?

      1. We won’t always get what we want voting straight Republican, but I already know what we’ll get voting for Democrats!
        I’d rather have a gun than a free cell phone!

    5. Speaking of cracking the door open, how many don’t realize that pushing for national concealed carry reciprocity is just another confirmation that the Federal and State governments have the RIGHT to infringe the 2nd Amendment?!?!?!

      Oh yeah, and it gives them a list of gun owners who carry.

    6. If he really supports the 2nd Amendment, why don’t we have national concealed carry reciprocity? With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and the White House it should be a slam dunk. Are they afraid of what will happen when everyday Americans realize they are all liars and con men?

      1. As long as Democrat-Socialists have 41 or more votes in the Senate, there is no way Trump or FREEDOM-loving Republicans can effect ANY “slam dunk” legislative initiatives. VOTE RED November 6! Staying at home is a vote for Democrat-Socialists.

        1. @1776 Pat, You are correct, Sir. We have to keep our eye on the ball, and move on to these other issues after we have drained all of the Congressional swamp that we are able. For all the National Socialist libtards out there, “they” have reserved Wednesday for your voting convenience. No other voters will be at the polls to get in your way on Wednesday. Free parking on Wednesday, too!

    7. Completely disagree. He has been worse on the 2nd amendment than Obama. Obama didn’t try to ban bump stocks, cracking the door open for a later administration to ban all semi-automatics. Read the regulation trump directed ATF to write. It is aggregious.

      Obama didn’t sign the disgusting “Fix NICS” into law which does nothing other than prevent or make it harder for law abiding citizens to own guns LEGISLATIVELY.

      And wasnt it Trump who made a comment along the lines of “Take the guns now, due process later” back in Feb. of 2018? What would our reaction have been had Obama made such a statement?

      The above wouldn’t come from an ardent 2A supporter. This is the guy who supported all sorts of 2A regulation and restrictions just a few years ago.

      How short the memory and inventive the Trump cheerleaders are.

      1. I guess you forgot about the Obama administration VS 62 grain LAP green tips? Obama would have done a LOT more if he hadn’t met so much resistance…. I think his picks for Supreme Court say it all.

    8. Get out and vote republican if you want to have a chance at saving your gun rights. Notice how all gun control initiatives come from democrats?

    9. Hay captain jack. you forgot New York. We are trying to rid ourselves of one named CUOMO. Gun owners in NY MUST get out and VOTE .We have the numbers to put him OUT of office and save , what is left of our rights(gun) in NY.

    10. Why has national reciprocity not pass the Senate yet. Republican control both houses of Congress, executive branch and some would say the Supreme Court, so what is the problem, why hasn’t it passed and been signed? It has been almost two damn years!

    11. Everytime a democrat gets elected to office believers in the second amendment risk losing the right to bear arms, there are plenty of republicans I don’t like but they are not trying to keep me from owning guns so I hold my nose and vote for them, the lesser of two evils.

      1. @Hank, If you mean the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, then the good news is that the Senate did not confirm it. Anything that it may have been in the United States evaporated when Barry Soetoro left office.

    12. I don’t own a bump-fire stock myself but I don’t agree with him trying to ban them. That said he’s better for the 2nd amendment than any Democrat that’s for sure.

      1. @Chris Thompson, President Trump is not trying to ban bump stocks. The issue is in the hands of the BATFE pursuant to their rule making authority. BATFE has already ruled that bump stocks do not come under the definition or constraints of fully automatic weapons. That puts BATFE between a rock and a hard place for banning bump stocks. If BATFE does go agains its previous decision, then come the federal court challenges.
        And that brings us right back to the importance of this next election. Help drain the Congressional part of the Washington swamp, brother patriot. Take your whole family to vote!

    13. If we don’t support Trump we will not olny lose our gun rights but all of our god given American rights to live free and the way we see fit we have already lost so much in the last 20 year’s please get out to the polls and help save our country from the ones that won’t social control and use it to run this great country.
      god bless the USA and all of it great Patriots

      1. Its not just trump! All consertives from California TO New Jersey get out and vote for your god given rights! If we lose the house , the socalists we be in control ! We can lose more than our rights , we can lose our country!!

        1. Get out and vote and find a way to get one other person to vote with you, whether its your partner or child or friend. I talk to people quietly and tell them it means a lot to vote and why not vote republican, look at the good things done recently (no thanks to the RINO’s in Congress). Get one more person to vote with you

          1. JS, are you aware that the GOP funded Planned Parenthood in the latest budget? Do you think that PP and others that receive government subsidies are making campaign contributions towards the blue wave? (https://tinyurl.com/y8acmx9u)

            This illustrates how slave-ishly devoted they know that you are: They can directly fund the opposition, call you to whip up turnout, and you vigorously comply!

            If the GOP wins this cycle, what makes anyone think the proRKBA agenda will be moved forward? They know you’re not going to vote anything but R, and you’re happily eating what they’re serving, which is not your agenda!

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