Trump Follows Mass Deportation Stance With Call For Nationwide Concealed Carry
The Donald’s reprehensible immigration stance now has a companion policy in the Trump, uh, arsenal.
In a 1,105 word policy paper released today, Trump claims support for nationwide concealed-carry permits, an end to bans on certain types of guns and magazines, and—presumably in response to the Chattanooga shooting in July—the arming of employees at military recruiting centers.
Trump also makes a vague commitment to overhauling “our mental health system” so that mass shooters are flagged and treated before they act. His support for mental health reform appears not to stem from an interest in protecting potential victims so much as it does from preventing lawful gun-owners from catching flak. “And why does this matter to law-abiding gun owners?” he writes. “Once again, because they get blamed by anti-gun politicians, gun control groups and the media for the acts of deranged madmen.”
Trump’s allegiances on gun control have changed over the years, much like they have on nearly every other issue. In his 2000 book The America We Deserve,the candidate wrote in support of bans on “assault weapons”—exactly the kinds of bans he’s decrying now. “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.