During the early portions of this election cycle, many gun owners, like myself, were wary of the presidential candidates’ promises to protect our Second Amendment right.
Who could blame us?
Gun owners have recently weathered eight years of scrutiny and criticism from our liberal counterparts, the media and the government. We watched as each and every violent crime or act of terrorism that involved a firearm was transformed into hyperbolic anti-gun rhetoric. And there was, of course, a desperate attempt by the media and Hollywood to portray millennials as a collective group united to enact strict gun control laws.
Following the Orlando terrorist attack, gun control advocates marched to the NRA’s Washington, D.C. office to protest gun violence. Many news agencies displayed footage of angry millennials bearing signs that read “Guns are killing America” in order to portray gun control as “in vogue.” An army of liberal celebrities started a litany of hashtags and posted countless Instagram selfies in a feeble effort to end firearm-related crimes via their own narcissism. Judging by these tactics, it’s clear that anti-gunners are attempting to appeal to young people.
However, despite the anti-firearm narrative the mainstream media consistently attempts to force feed the American youth, research implies that many millennials do own (and carry) firearms.
According to a 2016 poll released by the Pew Research Center, gun ownership per household in America is up to 44 percent, representing an impressive seven-point increase over the past two years. Couple this statistic with a 2015 Gallup poll that found 50 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds were in favor of supporting and protecting the Second Amendment and an entirely new narrative begins to emerge: millennials love their guns.
President-elect Trump has publicly expressed his desire to enact pro-gun statutes, and in many states, applications for concealed carry permits are at an all-time high. It’s clear that the American public believes that Trump has big plans for the Second Amendment, but what are they?
Trump has publicly affirmed his support of national reciprocity laws, which, if enacted, would force states opposed to concealed carriers and gun rights (states like New York, California, and Illinois) to recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states. For example, a gun owner from Alabama, with a carry permit legally issued in Alabama, would be able to carry his firearm in New York without breaking any laws.
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway,” Trump wrote in an outline of his position on gun rights. “That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. 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.”
Ultimately, if Trump chooses to enact national reciprocity legislation, America will be one step closer to nationwide constitutional carry, which is the notion that anyone 21 years or older can carry a firearm openly or concealed without a permit. As the name “constitutional carry” implies, the Founding Fathers would have likely supported this model of legal gun ownership.
It appears that the criticism gun owners endured under the Obama regime will finally be silenced by the pro-gun president-elect. The future of Second Amendment rights looks bright under a Trump presidency.