Donald Trump promised that he will work with the NRA to “save the Second Amendment,” at a Sept. 14 campaign rally in Canton, Ohio.
“I am going to save your Second Amendment,” he declared. ‘The National Rifle Association has endorsed me, and they are great people. We are going to save your Second Amendment.”
To those who understand that the grand prize of this election is Supreme Court of the United States–which awaits the next president’s nomination of a justice to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia–Trump said, “I’m going to appoint justice of the Supreme Court who will follow the constitution.”
Both these pledges—1. Defense of the Second Amendment, 2. Replacing Scalia with a justice after the mold of Scalia–have been consistent themes in Trump’s campaign and both go together because the surest way to defend the Second Amendment is to fill SCOTUS with jurists who view the constitution in light of the Founders’ intent.
The pledge to work with the NRA to protect gun rights is a Trump staple. For example, during a July 1 speech to the Western Conservative Summit, Trump told the audience of his admiration for the NRA and said, “We’re saving your Second Amendment 100 percent.” On June 13–one day after the horrific terror attack on Pulse Orlando–Trump said, “I will be meeting with the NRA…to discuss how to insure Americans have the means to protect themselves in this age of terror. I will be always defending the Second Amendment.” And during an exclusive April 11, 2015, interview with Breitbart News–given the day after he spoke at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Nashville–Trump said:
It is so important that we maintain the Second Amendment and that we maintain it strongly. And one of the main reasons is because the good people, the upstanding people, follow laws and norms but the bad ones don’t. So if the Second Amendment weren’t there to protect our rights and someone tampered with them, the good people would be affected but the bad people wouldn’t care–they couldn’t care less.
It is absolutely imperative that we maintain the Second Amendment in its strongest form.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.