Leading Republican candidate and former understudy for Biff from Back to the Future, Donald Trump, released his second policy paper today. This one's about, incidentally, the Second Amendment, and it, as you might expect, contains enough madness and absurdity to make pacific lefties reach for the revolver they don't have.
In his introductory remarks, Trump, who claims to be the policy's author, says that the Second Amendment is all about "self-defense, plain and simple." He likes guns and he wants more of them. The more guns we have, the safer we'll be. He's so sure that putting more guns in the hands of "law-abiding" citizens is such a good idea, that he wants to institute a National Right to Carry. Here's what he has to say about it:
The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states.
Everyone needs a concealed carry permit because, as he says, the cops can't be there all the time:
Here’s another important way to fight crime – empower 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.
For the sake of the thousands who die by the bullet ever year, let's rehearse this argument one more time. Study after study after study concludes that gun-owners are more likely to be killed by their own firearm than to use it to defend themselves from an attacker, and that more guns will actually lead to more rape and homicide.
His choice to talk about gun ownership is a transparent move to drum up support from gun nuts, who happen to be his third-largest group of supporters, right after those who think the Confederate flag is a "symbol of Southern pride."