If you were to ask Donald Trump, right now what his position on gun control is, do you know what he would say? Do you with 100 percent certainty know what his answer would be? To be honest with you, I’m not sure he knows what he would say.
When Trump is fighting against Hillary Clinton, he stands as the flag-bearing poster child for the Second Amendment. Yet, his position hasn’t always been the most steadfast. He seems to be as fluid with his mouth as he is with his stance on gun control.
After the Newton school shootings back in 2012, Trump tweeted that Barack Obama had spoken for him and for all the American people at the vigil for the victims. Yet now, he has reversed that and accuses Obama and Clinton of undermining the Constitution. That’s fine, people change … Or do they?
That’s not even the most recent event of Trump’s flip-flopping.
On Friday, Trump suggested that the Orlando massacre might not have been as severe, or may have been prevented altogether if patrons had been armed.
Trump said, “If some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right here, right to their waist or right to their ankle and this son of a b—- comes out and starts shooting and one of the people in that room happened to have (a gun) and goes ‘boom, boom.’ You know what, that would have been a beautiful, beautiful sight, folks.”
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However, it only took two days for Trump to go back on his own words.
Monday morning Trump tweeted, “When I said that if within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees.”
Then we go back to 2000 in his book, “The America We Deserve,” he said he supported the 1994 federal assault weapons ban.
The book reads, “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. With today’s internet technology we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”
Fast forward a mere 15 years and you’ll see he doesn’t feel the same way. Only three months into his campaign he released a policy paper that stated something different.
The paper read, “Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. That’s been proven every time it’s been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high-capacity magazines’ to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans.”
Again, that’s fine and we could argue that he has changed his mind over time after he saw that the ban didn’t actually protect people.
However, again we see Trump’s flip-flopping during the Presidential debate. When the subject of Stop and Frisk was brought up. Trump is quoted in saying that the Stop and Frisk procedure was important because “we have to take the guns away from these people that have them and they are bad people that shouldn’t have them.” So wait, Mr. Trump, you are for or against gun control I’m confused.
It seems to me that Trump is either uncertain of his own policies or, the more likely option, is trying to pick whatever policy will get him the most supporters. Mr. Trump, let me give you a bit of advice, people support people who stand for something. The American people have never been fans of people who principles are as flexible as the wind.
I just don’t know which Trump we will get in the White House, the one who will fight to protect the 2nd amendment or the one who will pass sweeping gun control. I suppose only time will tell. Just because you’re better than Hillary Clinton doesn’t mean you’re good enough.