Trump’s Second Amendment Position Papers Are a White Gun Nut’s Wet Dream

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Donald Trump tweeted last night that he had released his position papers on the Second Amendment:

The position paper, PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN: Donald J. Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms tells us:

The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.

The problem is, that is not what the Second Amendment says at all and Trump proves again and again he did not actually read the Second Amendment before he wrote his position papers on it.

There, the rest of us can plainly read:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Trump forgot about the “well regulated militia” being the reason for bearing arms. And forgetting about the militia means Trump misunderstands what those arms are for. He goes on to claim:

The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right – it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple.

Plain and simple…no, not really plain and simple at all.

What is a militia Trump has ignored, you ask? Rather than going to a modern dictionary to see why they needed guns (in case the Second Amendment isn’t clear enough on that), let’s open up Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language (London, 1768):

MILITIA. F. [Latin] The trainbands; the standing force of a nation
TRAINBANDS. F. The militia; the part of a community trained to martial exercise.

So the militia is the standing force of the nation. And in the absence of the Continental Army during the Revolution, the militia was precisely that, sometimes standing up to the British, sometimes melting away, taking their guns with them.

It is important to note here that the Founding Fathers were suspicious of standing armies, so after the Revolution, we had a “well regulated militia” instead. This militia had its backsides handed to them by a Native American force at the Battle of the Wabash in 1791.

The United States Constitution, of course, was drafted in 1787 during the primacy of the militia, and ratified in 1788, both events occuring before President George Washington decided we needed an actual, professional army in 1792. So strictly speaking, the Second Amendment speaks to an era that had ceased to exist by 1792 with the establishment of Mad Anthony Wayne’s “Legion of the United States” (not renamed the United States Army until 1796).

It is a shame the Founding Fathers did not bother to change the Second Amendment to reflect the new reality, that Americans no longer needed to be armed like an army because they no longer were an army. Today, of course, we not only have a standing, active-duty army, but we have the Army Reserve and a new sort of militia, the National Guard.

Needless to say, unlike 1776, we no longer have to carry our own weapons to National Guard training. The Army provides the weapons these days. Technically speaking, the Second Amendment describes a reality that no longer prevails.

The problem Trump has here is that he sees guns as a means of defending our homes against intruders, and that is not how guns are written into the United States Constitution. Communities in the 18th century would muster the able-bodied men with their weapons on the village green and drill like soldiers.

And they had to: they were the closet thing to Samuel Johnson’s standing army. But armies were never intended to control our own people, but to ward off outside enemies.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, wants to use guns to control crime. Bernie Sanders wants fewer prisons, and to eliminate private prisons. Donald Trump wants to throw more people into prison. And he makes a careful distinction between white folks with guns, who are okay in his book, and “other” people with guns, or “drug dealers and gang members” as he calls them.

We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals. The Obama administration’s record on that is abysmal. Violent crime in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and many others is out of control. Drug dealers and gang members are given a slap on the wrist and turned loose on the street. This needs to stop.

Then there are the “okay” people:

Why does that matter to law-abiding gun owners? Because they’re the ones who anti-gun politicians and the media blame when criminals misuse guns.

Like the Oath Keepers aiming guns at federal officers? That sort of non-violent? Or offering to “protect” Kim Davis from re-arrest? Or trying to intimidate a judge at his home by gathering outside, armed? Or entering into government offices, armed, to intimidate lawmakers? Those were all actions carried out by white people with guns.

Yet Trump believes no white man with a gun can be wrong, proposes:

[E]mpower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves. Law enforcement is great, they do a tremendous job, but they can’t be everywhere all of the time. Our personal protection is ultimately up to us. That’s why I’m a gun owner, that’s why I have a concealed carry permit, and that’s why tens of millions of Americans have concealed carry permits as well. It’s just common sense. To make America great again, we’re going to go after criminals and put the law back on the side of the law-abiding.

Common sense tells Trump to turn a bunch of untrained yokels with guns, who as often as not shoot themselves or each other by accident, or are shot by their wives or children by accident because they leave their loaded weapons lying around, loose on criminals. Donald Trump thinks this is the answer to crime.

Trump complains in his papers that “law-abiding gun owners…get blamed by anti-gun politicians, gun control groups and the media for the acts of deranged madmen,” but has no problem assigning group guilt to blacks or Mexicans or Muslims for the actions of a violent few.

It’s just that in Trump’s white supremacist world, white folks with guns can do no wrong. And Trump doesn’t want to confuse people with terms like “assault weapon” or “high capacity magazine”: he says “Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice.”

The old adage Keeping up with the Joneses just assumed a terrifying new dimension.

Trump neither read nor understood the Second Amendment, but uses it as just an excuse for “law-abiding” (read: white) folks to lock and load while we clear everyone else off the streets, and oh, by the way, that concealed carry permit should be valid in your neighborhood too, even if your community says no, because, you know, it’s a “right.”

Never mind the Second Amendment’s failure to mention “concealed carry,” because why would a militia conceal its weapons?

We need to thank Donald J. Trump for releasing his position papers on the Second Amendment. They are very…illuminating, to say the least. We now have a fuller understanding of Trump’s “us vs. them” world and how he intends to “manage” it. White folks with guns are just protecting themselves and maintaining law and order. Other folks…well, there are always those prisons Republicans love so much.

Let’s see – Übermensch on the streets with guns. Untermenschen in the prisons. That’s Donald Trump’s America.

Does that sound at all familiar to you? It should. Welcome to Germany, 1933.

70 Replies to “Trump’s Second Amendment Position Papers Are a White Gun Nut’s Wet Dream”

  1. Party leaders will not let this idiot run away with the nomination. Stay tuned for a slow shift to the next flavor of the day until it meets establishment Pub approval.

  2. Oh the flavor the week is named Carly..sounds like a state winner from Texas, doesn’t it? President Carly. I bet her position papers are forthcoming, and will read about like Trump’s. The GOP is so lost. They are so afraid of everyone not white (and male) that they can’t even think any more.
    War-inevitable and will show the world the USA is awesome!
    Christians-the Chosen People and the Only Right Religion.
    Public Education-Another evil to be snuffed out by defunding and sending tax money to the good Christian schools-until a judge tells them they can’t.
    Women-only good for breeding and cleaning and cooking, as well as arm candy for the wealthy. Heaven forbid they can make health care decisions all by themselves, poor dears. The men will tell them what they can and can’t do, and they surely can’t be trusted with contraceptive decisions. (listen closely Carly, that means you, too.)
    Minorities-should all be returned ASAP to their home countr…

  3. …OK, so the barrels he strokes and the ammo he fondles are gold plated…he’s still an Ammosexual…and thusly he is Nuckin’ Futts!!!

  4. This is one area where I agree with the ‘right wing nutjobs’, there should be no infringement on gun ownership. You people have built up a big nelly about this when our homicide rate is actually quite low. Other countries, most of them with gun control have much higher rates. You’re going to all jump on me, and go ahead, I stopped caring about what others thought of me years ago. Why you want to be helpless is beyond me.

  5. Sounds like his”position” was more like bent over in front of co-draft dodgers Wayne LaPeePee and Ped “pee my pants” Nugent. Wimps have to stand together.

  6. . Other countries, most of them with gun control have much higher rates.
    Name them

  7. if this man becomes president, he will turn the USA into a war zone. people will have the right to shoot illegal immigrants saying they were protecting themselves from them. this man is not only an idiot but very dangerous.

  8. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the individual to keep and bear firearms.

    The right to arm oneself is viewed as a personal liberty to deter undemocratic or oppressive governing bodies from forming and to repel impending invasions. Furthermore, the right to bear arms was instituted within the Bill of Rights to suppress insurrection, participate and uphold the law, enable the citizens of the United States to organize a militia, and to facilitate the natural right to self-defense.

  9. In District of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm to use for traditionally lawful purposes, such as defending oneself within their home or on their property. The court case ruled that the Amendment was not connected to service in a militia.

  10. Great op-ed, HH. Our founding fathers were talking
    about flintlock muskets back in those days instead of
    today’s assault weapons with high capacity clips. The
    NRA is happy to encourage the proliferation of this
    recipe for recurring massacres. Joe Biden’s advice to
    people who want to protect their homes from intrud-
    ers makes sense. And leave the fully automatic hard-
    ware in the hands of law enforcement and our
    military. Dick Cheney, please invite Wayne LaPierre
    to your next quail hunt.

  11. “….to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;…”

    Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution was written well before the 2nd amendment was added. It is very clear about what “the militia” is and what it is for:

    To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

    To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

  12. Back in the good old days when the Second Amendment was written, our country did not have organized military…Army, Air Force, Marines, and the Navy. Everyday citizens were asked to use their own “muskets” to defend our country. Today, our military is the strongest in the world. A very different scenario than in our Founding Father’s day…

  13. Will Trump allow law abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights with an open and/or conceal carry of a 2nd amendment weapon of their choice at his events?

    I. Don’t. Think. So.

  14. So lets take a look at state level, I can’t speak for all states but Ohio says this:

    The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.

    All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety.

    Here is the preamble, this should really burn your buts:
    We, the people of the State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare, do establish this Constitution.

  15. I’m not necessarily for Trump, but the Second Amendment must be upheld. Liberals minds are so conditioned to believe the lies the media tells them about guns. This is an Illuminati mind trick to rid America of guns so no one can resist the coming New World Order.

    America does not have a gun problem, they just want you to believe there’s a gun problem. America does have a people problem. People who don’t deserve to own a gun.

  16. …illuminati mind trick!? I would ask you if you have lost your mind but that fact has already been established! Illuminati mind trick indeed, why not just call it a unicorn mind trick!? Samey same! Illuminati mind trick!’re a friggin IDIOT!!! I hope some one has the sense to keep you away from sharp objects and open flames and even motor vehicles..

  17. Lala land much? You and your ilk with your dumbass convictions to only adhere to your bastardized version of the 2nd amendment are the problem.

  18. Do you know Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries have banned guns?

    In Japan you must prove why you need a rifle for hunting and the process takes months.

    Do these citizens shaking with fright without firearms? NO

    How many mass-shootings do we have to endure?

    When the 2nd amendment was written, they used muskets which required the used to PACK and LOAD 1 BULLET each time. They didn’t anticipate being able to shoot many bullets in seconds.
    You want a gun to make you feel better fine, but lets do away with the multiple bullet magazines.

    The United States is the Worlds most violant country with our guns.

    Visualizing gun deaths – Comparing the U.S. to rest of the world

  19. Do you know Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries have banned guns?
    In Japan you must prove why you need a rifle for hunting and the process takes months.
    Do these citizens shaking with fright without firearms? NO

    How many mass-shootings do we have to endure?

    When the 2nd amendment was written, they used muskets which required the used to PACK and LOAD 1 BULLET each time. They didn’t anticipate being able to shoot many bullets in seconds.
    You want a gun to make you feel better fine, but lets do away with the multiple bullet magazines.
    The United States is the Worlds most violant country with our guns.

  20. Richrd47…

    I’m getting the STRONG impression from your nonsensical post that the doctor who delivered you years ago must have dropped you on your head at LEAST twice…

    The ‘Illuminati’?



    You MUST be a Teatard to believe in that…

  21. I live in the BEAUTIFUL BLUE state of California where we have the Mulford Act and the strongest gun control laws in the nation.

    This is about the only good thing st Ronny did for CA
    “The Mulford Act was a 1967 California bill which repealed a law allowing public carrying of loaded firearms. Named after Republican assemblyman Don Mulford, the bill garnered national attention after the Black Panthers marched bearing arms upon the California State Capitol to protest the bill.[1][2] The bill was signed by Republican California Governor Ronald Reagan and became California penal code 12031 and 171(c).”

    “Gun violence across California dropped 56% from 5,500 gun deaths in 1993 to 2,935 in 2010, according to the study, which took into account California’s expanded population from about 30 to 37 million people over the same period.”
    California: Did tough gun control laws cut firearms deaths?

  22. Carly is from BLUE California and we hate her.

    Carly devisted the bay area who really HATES her because she oursourced 30,000 jobs to China.
    This really impacked over 70,000 people when you consider the spouses and children.
    Many lost everything, while she walked away with $21 million and 5 corporate jets.

    I was living in SF at the time and it was horrible since we were reeling from the dot com crash.

  23. I wonder how the gun banning counties citizens sleep at night?

    Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Japan and other countries seem to be doing just fine.

  24. More Americans have died from guns in the U.S since 1968 than on battlefields of all the wars in American history. Presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation increased the risk of homicide by 500% percent for women.the presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation increased the risk of homicide by 500 percent for women.

  25. Statistics like this make gun reform an imperative:

    More Americans killed by guns since 1968 than in all U.S. wars. Generally 63% of gun-related deaths are from suicides, 33% homicides, and ~1% each accidents, legal interventions, and undetermined causes.

    Women less safe when they live in a house with a gun; when they live in states with more guns; when they live in the U.S. Women here represent 84% of all female firearm homicides throughout the developed world. Most are killed by someone they knew.

    American children are 9x more likely to die in gun accidents than children anywhere else in the developed world.

    These are other stats can be found on reputable sites.

    Here’s one that discusses reform that shouldn’t have Americans up in arms:)

    Common-sense gun control: Even the NRA should back this (2/6/2013).

  26. You know I have to call bullshit on this. The site addresses Switzerland. What they don’t tell you while all males have rifles all ammunition is stored at armories. Meaning as a private citizen you can have your guns but we will keep the bullets. Try again

  27. So who were these militias in need of regulation? In the South, they were called “slave patrols,” and they were paramilitary groups that regularly patrolled slave plantations to make sure restive slaves weren’t going to rise up against their white overlords. Remember the line in the movie “Django Unchained”? Leonardo DiCaprio wonders: “Why don’t they just rise up and kill the whites?” It was a real question, and the answer was that “well-regulated militias” in the Southern states kept the slaves in check.
    Explains the republicans obsession with guns.
    Second Amendment was added for the Slaves States support.

  28. Bernie Sanders is not a member of the Democratic Party. If he had any integrity he would run as a Socialist or as an Independent. He’s not a Democrat and has never been a Democrat. So why would the Democratic Party feel compelled to support an interloper who does not represent Democratic voters or the Party?

  29. Show me the rules that the Democrats would do the same thing if you cant then like all your other posts, you are full of shit

  30. I used to be a big gun nut until the son of the man who taught me how to shoot blew his brains all over the wall of his home. Somehow that brought me back to reality. Not only do guns make it easier to kill other people, it makes it easier to commit suicide. Far and away, it is the #1 method of suicide.

  31. The minute you said “New World Order”, you lost all credibility. You sound like you’re hunkered down in the basement with canned goods and every back issue of “Soldier of Fortune”. You know, they DO make medication for that type of thing…

  32. Trump doesn’t care about guns anymore than he cares about immigrants. He only cares about 3 things: Money, power and above all Trump.

    He’s pulled the gun thing out of his ass for the same reason he did the immigrant thing. He’s playing to his white trash base because he knows it will get him their votes. They’ll fall for it hook, line and sinker.

  33. Good point on the militia argument, because I’m sure someday we would have someone trying to take away the guns of our military.

  34. Legally the militia has been the National Guard since shortly after the Civil War. The old militia was shown to not really exist when the Civil War started. Most of the militia units had become nothing more than drinking clubs.

    The National Guard is commanded by the Governor of each state. The Guard is a federal/state organization. The state provides the people and the buildings. The federal government furnishes the money and equipment. The National Guard, which I served in for 13 years, is thus the well regulated militia the Second Amendment talks about.

    Federal law also recognizes the unorganized militia. However, the unorganized militia is not the self-armed bands the right thinks it is. The unorganized militia is all males ages 18-35 (if I remember correctly) who can be called to serve in the military in case of war. Basically the unorganized militia is all the men who have signed draft cards at age 18.

  35. White gun owner?
    I don’t remember the 2nd Amendment having a skin color exclusion clause. The right to exercise your 2nd Amendment Rights is open to ALL law abiding Americans regardless of skin color, sexual orientation, gender affiliation, sex, religion, or political party.

  36. Liberals love to bring up the “well regulated” section of the 2nd Amendment in hopes of pointing out that regulated should mean controlled, monitored, or governed. The problem is the phrase has changed meaning over the years and when reading and discussing the wording in the 2nd Amendment you must look to the intent of those that wrote the Amendment and keep to the definition of the time period. A “well regulated” militia of the period was made up of average citizens who decently disciplined to stand the trials of combat, trained in the proper function of their weapons, and maintained their weaponry in good working order. Alexander Hamilton declared in “The Federalist Papers, #29” that “the character of a well regulated militia” was found in a state of preparedness only reached after rigorous and consistent training. But that to fully acquire “the character of a well regulated militia” would be so time consuming as to be “a real grievance to the people and a s…

  37. Agreed. Trump’s position on 2A was good, however, that does not erase all of his history and does not address the other reservations that I have about implementation of his statements. For me, Ted Cruz if top of the list for support of the Bill of Rights

  38. Well, maybe you should look around, the fastest growing groups of gun owners are women and minorities. I for one, think more the better for both groups. It is about time that people take responsibility and sit back and let “government” demand.

  39. Do your think that HP would exist today if she did not take those actions? I was in the computer business at the time, it was very questionable if anyone could save the company at that time.
    And you can complain about her salary, but look the gun control bigots, namely George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates, not millions but billions.

  40. So you think illegal immigrants should be protected when they commit felonies? You want the law abiding people to be unarmed so the immigrants can be safe?
    Since, over 1/3 of all murders in the US are committed by illegal immigrants (here in Texas the percentage is 2/3), we need to protect them? Maybe, the other extreme would be more effective.

  41. Look at their violent crime rate as a start. Second, consider they only report murders where the killer has been caught and found guilty. (So they under report by 2/3)
    The grass is in fact not greener in these other countries.

  42. You apparently do not read history. The “slave patrols” were made up of Democrats and KKK. One of the major groups that defended the black slaves was the NRA. And again in modern history you are trying to use the poor and under educated minority votes to remove more civil rights. Shame on you!

  43. Lee, Hewlett Packard stock tanked and was cut in half in value under Carly then she left on a golden parachute.

    HP absolutely would have been better off without her.

  44. Le, that is a lie. Most other developed Countries have much lower deaths per capita via gun violence.

    America has almost 11 gun deaths per 100k population while Australia has 1 and Japan has almost none.

  45. Lee, we are a Nation of Laws. We protected white racist Terry Nichols after he blasted a lot of kids to bits and he was NOT illegal.

  46. From the US Code: “(a)The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard. (b) The classes of the militia are— (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.”

  47. — Tench Coxe, 1788 “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia.Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an
    American … The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People.”

    I’m not a fan of Hamilton, but he did go out of his way to try and assuage fears that the larger more powerful federal government he desired could be kept in check. This is just one of many of his remarks on the subject.

    Alexander Hamilton (Federalist Paper #29): “…that standing army can never be formidable (threatening) to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in the use of arms.”

  48. Always good for a knee-slapper when liberals pretend to interpret the Constitution for the rest of us. They gleefully turn a blind eye to history and the numerous well-documented facts therein pertaining to the 2nd Amendment. Next thing you know, they’ll be reinterpreting the definitions in the dictionary.

  49. Baloney!

    Remember Concord? Remember Lexington? Remember the “shot heard around the world”?

    The Second Amendment was the 2nd Amendment because it made it possible for Americans to defend all the other RIGHTS acknowledged in the Constitution.

    It wasn’t intended to allow hunting, but it WAS intended to acknowledge that every free citizen has a right to defend himself, his home, his property, has family, and his nation against all enemies … foreign and domestic.

    The greatest fear was a government might impose unjust restriction on its citizens; this amendment acknowledges that Americans have the right to defend their OTHER rights against anyone … including and especially their own government.

    You cannot take away our rights because some people abuse them.

    You cannot take away our rights by voting to ignore them, or because the ‘majority’ thinks that they are outmoded or were ill-conceived or ill-defined, or because it frightens you that some people take their rig…

  50. Tide. And weapons are used by citizens to kill, destroy, scare, maim and intimidate.

    The Second Amendment also says “A well regulated militia” with keyword regulated.

    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

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