When NRA members and other American gun owners headed to the polls last Tuesday, they accomplished something that most pundits never considered to be even remotely possible—a Donald Trump victory over media-anointed Hillary Clinton.
While one side cheered, the other side jeered. But in the end, I believe we were all winners.
Amidst all the hoopla, mourning, celebration and discussion of last Tuesday’s election, both Trump and Clinton supporters will benefit from Trump’s election in one very important way—a U.S. Supreme Court that will justly uphold the Constitution. In fact, of all the myriad reasons I’m pleased with Trump’s victory over Clinton last week, the Supreme Court sits at the very top of the list—specifically the court’s likely future consideration of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.While one side cheered, the other side jeered. But in the end, I believe we were all winners.
The Supreme Court currently has one vacant seat, so it stands at a 4-to-4 tie on the important topic of whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. While it’s hard for most gun owners to believe, four current justices say, “Yes,” while four others say, “No.” Add to that the fact that two or three more vacancies are likely to occur on the court in the next four years, and you have a possible constitutional crisis in the making.
Enter Trump, Clinton and a generation of either respecting or rejecting our right to keep and bear arms, and you can understand the dire importance of this election.
Trump repeatedly vowed to respect the Second Amendment since he began his presidential campaign, even to the point of releasing a list of possible Supreme Court picks.
“We need a Supreme Court that, in my opinion, is going to uphold the Second Amendment …” — President-elect Donald Trump“We need a Supreme Court that, in my opinion, is going to uphold the Second Amendment, and all amendments, but the Second Amendment, which is under absolute siege," Trump said during his debate with Clinton at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. “I feel that the justices that I am going to appoint—and I've named 20 of them—the justices that I'm going to appoint will be pro-life. They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment. They are great scholars in all cases, and they're people of tremendous respect. They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted. And I believe that's very, very important.”
On the other hand, a Clinton win would have had devastating ramifications for our right to keep and bear arms for decades to come. She actually declared that the Supreme Court “got it wrong” on the decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, where the court simply ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right of an individual to have a gun in the home for self-defense. Then in the last presidential debate, she misrepresented the decision as having to do with protecting toddlers, which it did not.
In the end, Clinton fans and Trump followers, Democrats and Republicans, indeed people of all races, creeds, colors and religions will benefit from a court that will fairly address the law and interpret it according to the original intent of our Founding Fathers.
While anti-gun threats will continue unabated and more battles remain to be fought over the Second Amendment, your vote for Donald Trump last Tuesday is a good first step toward safeguarding our right to keep and bear arms for decades to come.