Donald Trump on gun control

Donald Trump exhibits unwavering support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. His reasoning is simple: Americans should continue to have the right to protect themselves.

According to Inside Gov and Deseret News, Illinois and Maryland are within the top ten states that have the strictest gun laws. The recent shootings in Chicago and Baltimore show that even more gun laws will not prevent these tragic events.  Trump believes he can help this issue by improving the mental health programs and prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns.

Taking away a right from American citizens is unconstitutional. When Trump becomes president, he plans to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals and get gang members and drug dealers off the streets to make our communities safer. One of Trump’s main goals after this election is to empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves if need be.

In a 2016 Republican 2-tier debate, Trump said that he wants to expand mental health programs to keep the violent, mentally ill off of our streets. States have been attempting to save money by closing hospitals and psychiatric wards. According to Treatment Advocacy Center and Mother Jones, states were forced to cut $4.35 billion in public mental health spending in 2009. Also, in 2010, there were only 14 beds per 100,000 people in the US, which is the same ratio as 1850.

Trump is insistent on preventing anyone on the terrorist watch list from buying guns, as he stated in a 2015 Interview with ABC This Week.

From Trump’s book “Concealed America”, concealed-carry permits being valid in every state is another stance that Trump is fighting for.  On page 110 of this book, Trump says, “If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”

 

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