The second amendment states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Although America remains a fairly open country with regard to gun laws, especially when compared to European countries, various forms of control over the market have existed in the country since 1986. This includes the contentious and often-debated Assault Weapons Act that makes specific guns and components illegal to buy and/or sell.
Obama’s Executive Order in 2016 significantly reduced the ease with which many Americans could access guns by requiring background checks. These background checks were intended to identify and prevent access by known criminals, individuals with mental health challenges, and known gun traffickers. It also made it necessary to track black market traffickers and illegal gun sales in whatever way possible. That being said, implementation has been less than successful.
Unfortunately, just a few short years later, it’s become startlingly clear that gun control is, at best, a lukewarm response to gun violence, and at worst, an abject failure that may even place Americans in more danger than they were in to begin with.
Trump vows to focus on making five changes to the gun industry during his presidency:
- A repeal of the law to ban silencers
- A repeal of the Assault Weapons Act
- New, more generous Concealed Carry laws
- A reduction in gun-free zones (like schools)
The President believes that these changes will bring America back to a more constitutional position with regard to firearms – i.e., the right to bear arms. After all, gun control did little to stem the flow of illegal firearms to gangs, school shooters, and other evil-doers.
Trump’s goal? To ensure that all Americans have the right and ability to defend themselves at a moment’s notice, and to provide a way for recreational gun users who are honest, hard-working citizens to access and use firearms.