Americans have been spared a potentially devastating assault on our right to armed self defense, thanks in no small part to the efforts of gun rights organizations and the votes of gun owners across the country. But until laws and judicial appointments secure these critical victories, our patient will not be out of the woods. The Second Amendment has made it to the transplant unit, but continuing efforts are still required lest it succumb.
Despite his recent statements, prior to the presidential election cycle Donald Trump’s public positions on the right to keep and bear arms have been at best inconsistent. It is imperative that supporters of the Second Amendment maintain the pressure on the incoming Trump administration and other politicians to make the appointments and enact the legislation that they have promised. Until these steps have been completed, our patient is not out of jeopardy.
Until a Second Amendment friendly majority is re-established on the Supreme Court, our right to keep and bear arms lingers near death. Until national concealed carry reciprocity is established, like “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” our personal freedoms will continue to end at arbitrary lines on the map. Until federally mandated, so-called “gun free zones” are abolished, our schoolchildren will remain targets for those bent on evil. Until the National Firearms Act of 1934 is reformed, pointless restrictions that contribute nothing to public safety will continue to plague us. Ill-conceived and arbitrary magazine capacity bans will continue to afflict us until that issue is effectively addressed as well.But they speak the truth. (Well, these guys do!)