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.

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    William Blood
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    William Blood

    What do you think now Dean?

    BD
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    Yep! His only real “accomplishment” on your list, his two goons in the SCOTUS, just helped institute his unconstitutional bump-stock ban. I don’t see a conservative 2A defender in the White House, just a shill to popular opinion. I saw through him last election and voted third party, and I sure as hell won’t help keep that asshat in office next election!

    1776 Patriot
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    1776 Patriot

    We must WORK from within the electoral system. Neither party has a goal other than accumulation of power for themselves. Democrats use and abuse minorities and other at-risk populations in their quest for power. Likewise, Republicans make empty promises to evangelicals, Second Amendment supporters and other traditionally conservative groups to acquire power for themselves and their Chamber of Commerce masters. Both parties kowtow to millionaires and billionaires because just like John Dillinger and other criminals of the early 20th Century knew, “That’s where the money is.” It’s NOT enough for us to whine, moan and complain on websites like this… Read more »

    Michael Susnowitz
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    Michael Susnowitz

    That’s complete B.S.!!! Then why is Trump in the process of signing into law a nationwide “Red Flag”law if he was cared about the 2nd amendment!!! That clearly violates our constitution!!! SMFH

    harold j Lutynski
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    harold j Lutynski

    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… Read more »

    Norman Dvorak
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    Norman Dvorak

    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… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @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… Read more »

    Louis
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    Louis

    What happened to HR38???????

    Docduracoat
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    Docduracoat

    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?

    David Christensen
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    David Christensen

    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!

    Michael
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    Michael

    I agree with you 100% on all your points

    ron
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    ron

    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… Read more »

    Dave C
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    Dave C

    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!

    Michael Susnowitz
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    Michael Susnowitz

    I’m so glad someone else see’s what Trump is doing!! I liked Trump until I watched him say that!! This so called “Red Flag” law clearly violates our constitution!!! And any POTUS that wants this is a treasonous traitor to our constitution!!

    KuhnKat
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    KuhnKat

    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.

    harold j Lutynski
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    harold j Lutynski

    Most states already know who carries because the issue the permit to do so. all hr-38 does is allow us to carry from state to state without fear of prosecution because you do not have a permit in that state to carry. It would be like your drivers licences. Allowing you to drive anywhere without having to apply in each state to do so. That is not infringe on our second amendment rights it enforces it.

    Jim Edwards
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    Jim Edwards

    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?

    1776 Patriot
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    1776 Patriot

    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.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @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!

    Robert Driggs
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    Robert Driggs

    strongly agree !

    John
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    John

    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… Read more »

    Dave C
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    Dave C

    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.

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    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?

    rich z
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    rich z

    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.

    Erik Killmonger
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    Erik Killmonger

    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!

    Missouri Born
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    Missouri Born

    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.

    Hank
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    Hank

    As long as he is un-signing us from bad deals, I wish he would un-sign us from the Small Arms Treaty.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @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.

    Phil Bown
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    Phil Bown

    True; thank God.

    Chris Thompson
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    Chris Thompson

    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.

    Bruce Welch
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    Bruce Welch

    I agree Chris

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @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… Read more »

    Brandon White
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    Brandon White

    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

    captain jack
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    captain jack

    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!!

    js
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    js

    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

    ron
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    ron

    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!