Donald Trump has put his Second Amendment position on his web page for the 2016 election cycle. The positions put forward are not new or bizarre. They follow the Donald pattern of political positions that are enormously popular, but which have been declared “non-viable” by political correctness and the Washington Cartel.
Donald Trump, once again, ignores the political taboos created by the ruling elite to prevent the electorate from enacting changes that the electorate desires, but the elite fears.
Here is a summation of the Donald’s Second Amendment positions. You can go to Trump’s site, donaldtrump.com, and read them yourself.
- 1. Declaration that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that existed before the Constitution, and is protected by the Constitution, not created by it. This is the Founders position, based on natural law.
- 2. Change the focus of fighting violent crime from restricting law abiding citizens to enforcing the law prohibiting violent felons from possessing firearms. Trump explicitly references Project Exile, which reduced the murder rate in Richmond, Virginia, by 60%.
- 3. Empower law abiding gun owners to fight crime, by putting the law on their side.
- 4. Fix the mental health system to help prevent mass shootings.
- 5. Oppose “assault weapon” and magazine bans, and all bans on firearms.
- 6. Fix the existing background check system to make it instant, accurate, and fair. Do not expand the existing system.
- 7. National reciprocity for concealed carry permits.
- 8. Eliminate the Gun Free Zones at military bases and recruiting centers by allowing the military to be armed and to defend themselves.
Donald Trump has not held elected office, but he has hit on a winning strategy. Refuse to follow the restrictive, politically correct rules about what is allowed, and what is not allowed, in political discourse. His Second Amendment position follows the same pattern as his immigration position.
Take the popular position that the vast majority of the American electorate wants, in spite of the opposition of the ruling elite. State it in common sense language, then fight for it.
National reciprocity is a prime example of this approach. National reciprocity for concealed carry of firearms has passed majority votes in both houses of Congress, at different times. With all 50 states, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico having concealed carry permit laws, this is a popular position. It only needs presidential support to pass and become law. Donald Trump is the first presidential candidate to make it part of his platform.
Donald Trump is putting into practice what the American governmental system was designed to do. That is, determine what the people want, subject to Constitutional constraints; formulate it into a practical policy, and pass it into law.
For a hundred years, the political elite have followed a different paradigm, called “manufacturing consent”. Under that paradigm, the political elite determine what they want to do, manufacture consent among the population through propaganda in the mass media, and pass their desired program into law.
With the falling power of the elite to control access to information, the system of “manufacturing consent” is failing, and the original system of consent of the governed, is gaining ground.
About 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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