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Donald Trump was asked a question about guns during Wednesday’s Republican Presidential debate, and he almost said the right thing.
When asked if he would feel comfortable in his casinos (many of which are “gun free zones”) if his employees and customers were allowed to legally carry a firearm onto the premises.
His response was, “I have a permit, which is very unusual in New York. It’s a permit to carry. I carry on occasion, sometimes a lot. I like to be unpredictable.”
When he said “I have a permit, which is very unusual in New York,” he should have followed that with, “… but it shouldn’t be. It should be as easy to get a permit in New York as it is in most every other state in the union, where you don’t need to be as important or as yuge as I am to get permission from the government to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no other amendment to the Constitution that requires a permit to practice, and that’s got to change. What also needs to change is the rules about where my permit is good in the United States. People who come to New York who have valid carry permit from other states shouldn’t have to disarm themselves at the state line. New York recognizes the driver’s licenses and marriage licenses from every other state, it’s high time that New York and every other state recognizes each other’s concealed carry permits, and we let responsible citizens move freely across this great land.”
Trump might have said that, but he didn’t, because he hasn’t taken the time to figure out what gun owners actually want. We don’t want you to pose on a range with an AR-15 and the tax code, we want you to tell us how you’re going to prosecute the agents behind Fast and Furious and Operation Chokepoint. We don’t want pictures of you with a bad grip on a pistol, we want your vision for sea-to-sea concealed carry reciprocity. We don’t want you to shoot tighter groups, we want you to start to shrink government.
Photo ops are cheap. Even Obama does them. You’re the GOP. You can do better.Published in