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The mainstream media is overwhelming anti-2nd Amendment. These people (who overwhelmingly live in urban areas and have likely never actually handled a firearm) keep trying to shove their anti-gun rhetoric down our collective throats even though it’s based on nothing but nonsense.

A perfect example is the recent coverage of Chicago. Of course, shooting deaths in Chicago are still ridiculously high even though they have some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. The mainstream media, in this case, Aidan Quigley writing for Newsweek, goes out of the way to snub President Trump about their gun problems. Quigley quoted Chicago mayor (and former Obama White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel’s spokesman, Adam Collins, who said,

“Anytime the president wants to drop his political rhetoric and actually partner with our police officers to build on the 14 percent reduction in shootings they’ve achieved this year, we’ll be ready.”

Collins couldn’t be saying that Trump hasn’t been helpful with the Chicago gun problem, could he? Of course, when last year saw the most gun homicides in 19 years (according to CNN), it’s not hard to bring the number down some, is it?

And, yet, even with this decrease, the Chicago Tribune noted that, in the first half of 2017, over 90% of homicides in Chicago were gun related while in New York City, that number was 49%.

Could the reality simply be that all those years of corrupt politicians in Chicago, who (coincidentally?) have been anti-gunners, are really the source of the problem. Maybe it’s people like Rahm Emanuel who arrogantly think that they are the only ones who should be able to protect themselves with guns. Certainly, Chicago Guns Matter founder Rhonda Ezell thinks this is the case. She said,

The mayor walks around every day with armed security paid for by the taxpayers of Chicago, yet he doesn’t want you to go to a gun range and be efficient with the firearm you choose to have in your home for the safety of you or your loved ones.”

 She nailed that one on the head.

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The immediate threat of national gun control has been greatly lessened with Trump’s upset victory. The NRA got on the Trump train early by taking the unusual step of endorsing Trump during the primary. If President Donald J. Trump repays the favor to the 2nd Amendment community, here’s what we can expect (from Bearing Arms):

Ending Gun-Free Zones On Military Bases

President Trump will have the authority to executive authority to pass an executive order allowing the United States military to carry firearms on duty. Our domestic military bases and facilities have been the site of numerous terror attacks and mass shootings. Trump can reverse that with the stroke of a pen. He would also apparently have the authority to end firearm bans on other federal property, but there are so many laws and regulations that I don’t want to make that claim prematurely.

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

There is significant momentum towards establishing national concealed carry reciprocity in all 50 states. President Trump, working with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, should be able to get this passed into law within the first 90 days. There are four different bills to choose from in the House and Senate.

Legalizing Silencers

Making a hearing safety device criminal was one of the dumbest things ever done under the Administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt… and that’s saying a lot. The Hearing Protection Act is already written and has co-sponsors. It should be passed within the first 60 days of President Trump’s administration, which is a blessing to high-volume shooters such as myself who would like to better protect our hearing.

NICS Background Check Reform

Gun control supporters want a “universal” background checks on all gun purchases in order to create a de facto gun registry… and that’s just not going to happen. What is going to happen is that President Trump, the House, and Senate are going to work on legislation to close the gaping holes in the existing background check system so that it is more effective, ensuring better and more accurate updating of prohibited persons. This will likely run in conjunction with mental health reform to both help people in crisis obtain the help they need, and ensure that fears of losing their Second Amendment rights won’t keep people from seeking help for a temporary but important mental health crisis.

Allow Importation of Collectable Historical Firearms

President Obama has stymied the importation of historically significant firearms provided to allies after the Second World War and the Korean War through executive orders. The Collectible Firearms Protection Act will allow the reimportation of hundreds of thousand of M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, and M1911 pistols.

Of course, the selection of a pro-second amendment Supreme Court justice will be the most important thing Trump needs to do.

Recall, that leftist David Souter was put on the SCOTUS by Ronald Reagan. Gun owners need to be vigilant in vetting any Trump selections. Democrats in the Senate will be threatening to filibuster, so the battle has just begun for the Supreme Court. However, the future of the Second Amendment looks much brighter today than it did on Monday.

 

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