Unlike the screeching, hysterical New York Daily News, Mother Jones offers a more sober assessment of what Donald Trump’s victory means for gun rights in America. (And I’ll apologize right now: You’re gonna have the Georgia Satellites playing in your head for the rest of the day!)
Say what you will about Mother Jones, but their reporting on gun rights has been pretty fair. Rather than join in with the rest of the media fanning fears of “mass shootings” happening every other day, they looked at what’s really happening. They found, of course, that the Obama administration and their accomplices in the media have been lying: Mass shootings are not on the rise. Are they a pro-RKBA organization? Of course not. They’re a news organization; which is far more than can be said of companies like CNN, NBC, or the New York Daily News.
The piece cited above offers a realistic look at what gun owners (and the anti-gun Left) can expect from a Trump administration. First and foremost will be a flurry of executive orders overturning Obama’s less-than-legal EOs.
Most immediately, President Barack Obama’s executive orders on guns will be gone. (Obama has signed orders requiring more gun sellers to conduct background checks, requiring dealers to report lost or stolen guns, establishing an investigation center to track online gun trafficking, and launching research into gun safety technology.) “They’re going to overturn almost everything that Obama did,” [UCLA professor Adam] Winkler says.
President-elect Trump has promised that Obama’s EOs are going out the window on day one. Next up will be the Supreme Court. This is without a doubt the single most important issue of this past election for gun owners. Congresses and presidents come and go, but a Court ruling can last multiple lifetimes.
When the NRA magazine America’s 1st Freedom asked Trump whether the Second Amendment will be a consideration of his in nominating the next Supreme Court justice, he replied, “100 percent. I will appoint judges who will preserve our Second Amendment rights.”
Of the 21 names of possible justices Trump has released, the NRA considers none of them “non-starters,” an NRA spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal. But the gun lobby has some favorites, including Judge Bill Prior of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, who once called victims of violence and local and state governments that sued gun manufacturers “leftist bounty hunters.”
Finally, there’s pro-gun legislation on the table. National CCW reciprocity, which had the NY Daily News in such a tizzy, is likely the first piece of legislation that will cross President Trump’s desk.
“Gun owners are looking at an opportunity to go on the offense at the federal level. There a number of different bills that we could be pursuing,” [DC lobbyist Todd] Rathner says. Most prominently among those bills is national reciprocity, which would guarantee that people with concealed-carry permits in one state could carry their guns in any other state. “A concealed carry permit would be treated like a driver’s license. When you drive across state lines, you don’t worry that your license won’t be honored. We need that for concealed weapons permits,” Rathner says.
Winkler, however, notes some potential problems with this. Reciprocity, depending on how the bill is finalized, could require a state like California to recognize a concealed carry permit issued in a state like Utah. “In Utah, you don’t have to be a resident to get a concealed carry permit,” says Winkler. “So someone who is in Los Angeles and who cannot get a concealed carry permit can go get one in Utah, and then under national reciprocity, depending on how the bill gets shaped, California would have to recognize that.”
The anti-gun Left has long tried to use Federal law to dictate gun policy to the States. Now it looks like they’re getting their wish! (For my neighbors wanting more info on Utah non-resident CCW, you can look here. 🙂 )
Throughout the campaign, these pages have been advising gun owners that they had a binary choice in this election. We weren’t kidding. We had a choice between the most ardently anti-gun candidate in Democratic Party history and the most pro-gun GOP candidate since Ronald Reagan. (Can you imagine candidates like Mitt Romney or John McCain posting pro-RKBA position papers on their websites? How about any Bush?) And now even the Left sees that we weren’t kidding.
And even if gun advocates get everything they want in the next couple of years, there’s also a good chance that Trump will get to appoint more than one Supreme Court justice. If that happens? “Well then, everything changes,” says Winkler. For years, the gun lobby’s favorite myth was that the government was coming for everyone’s guns. With the election of Trump, the inverse may be coming true. The guns are coming for the government.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go find my shades. 😎