Yesterday morning, a reporter asked President Trump; “What about assault rifles? A lot of people would like to see them banned.” Trump then responded; “Well, I could tell you that there is no political appetite for that…I will certainly bring that up.”
Well, if there’s no “appetite” for a ban, then why bring it up? Maybe the following is the answer:
“I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s internet technology, we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”
That statement was from Donald Trump in his book The America We Deserve, released in 2000. Trump “mysteriously” became a 2nd Amendment “supporter” prior to his decision to run for president, but was an active democrat party supporter and outspoken gun ban proponent prior to that time. Gun owners have swung elections for decades, then-candidate Trump was very well aware of this.
President Trump’s statement that “there is no political appetite for that [an MSR ban]” also is very telling. If there was an “appetite” for a ban, such as many Republicans wanting to join Democrats in pushing for one, would Trump then be in favor of it? It may also indicate that the president feels that the United States is a “democracy” whereby simple majorities can dictate liberty, as in 51% of the people telling the 49% of the people what rights they will have through legislation. The United States is a republic with a Bill of Rights, not a democracy, and that means that 99% of the people cannot take the rights away from 1% of the people, no matter how much they want to. So, do you feel that your high school history teacher or favorite conservative talking head is correct when you heard them tell you that the United States is a democracy? Take a look here:
"Democracy, will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes, and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure and every one of these will soon mold itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues, and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few."
- John Adams
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide."
- John Adams
"A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way."
- Fischer Ames
"A simple democracy is the devil's own government."
- Benjamin Rush
"It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act right; but then evil of this nature seldom fail to work their own cure."
- George Washington (Washington abhorred democracies and stated this in Maxims of George Washington.)
"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
Since Donald Trump was elected, the gun community has seen the president bypass Congress and ban bump stocks, support over 21 gun purchases, a Department of State over 32-round magazine ban for civilian firearms exports, push red flag laws which destroy the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments, and a complete ignoring of the evisceration of the 2nd Amendment in the states of: CA, OR, WA, IL, NM, NV, VT, FL, NY, NJ, MA, etc... And then there is his statement that he “doesn’t like” silencers.
The 2nd Amendment is the God-given, government-recognized, right to defend one’s liberty and life against tyranny and genocide. It is not just a privilege for target shooting, hunting, a defense against robbers and rapists, or as the president put it the other month, for “fun” shooting. The Founders of this nation wanted the citizens to have the same ability to defend themselves as the government would have to impose tyranny. It is very clear in the writings of the Founders that this is the case. Otherwise, the Founders would have stipulated that the citizens could only own crossbows and catapults instead of the most modern weapons of the day which were muskets and cannons. It is nonsensical for any gun rights activist to state that that they believe that the 2nd Amendment is a defense against tyranny and then, in the same breath, state that machine-guns or other military arms, which could be used against the citizenry, should be banned from ownership by citizens. Still think that the NRA and so-called “pro-gun” politicians should only speak of concealed carry when referring to the 2nd Amendment? Read the following:
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…”- Richard Henry Lee
“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” – Noah Webster
“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”- Zachariah Johnson
"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined..."
- George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776
"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824
"To disarm the people...[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops."
- Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787
"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of."
- James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788
"...the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone..."
- James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
- Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788
"This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty.... The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."
- St. George Tucker, Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803
"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
- Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788
"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
- Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833
"What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty .... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."
- Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, I Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789
"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair."
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28
"[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist."
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28, January 10, 1788
"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."
- Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."
- Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
It is very clear that the Founders wanted the people to have the ability to repel a tyranny and wanted government to recognize this God-given right – the 2nd Amendment is a restraint on government. But, the arguments against the 2nd Amendment have been that it is outdated and that it was in place so that our new country’s citizens could “fight Indians,” or that it is in place so that states can have a National Guard. Such ludicrous statements can only be effective with an ignorant populace (Hosea 4:6). The Founders were scholars in history and their keen insight regarding human nature was proven in the 20th Century with over 100 million people murdered by their own governments.
Firearms News is closely watching this issue and all 2nd Amendment issues from a no compromise perspective as always.
To watch President Trump make the statement mentioned in this article’s title, please click here.
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