When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, he became the first candidate to win that office with no prior experience in government since Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1953. But that was not the only historic event that occurred.
Other firsts were that following the election, people demonstrated in the streets and anarchists rioted. College campuses established “safe” areas where special snowflakes could cope with their “trauma” by listening to soft music and drawing with crayons.
On the other side of the same nickel, social media exploded with comments such as, “The Second Amendment is safe!” and “I was thinking of joining the NRA, but now there’s no need to.” Well, maybe.
After the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?” He replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.” And therein lies the rub.
Folks seem to forget that representatives to the House are elected every two years. Historically, the House changes which party has the majority two years after a presidential election. If that holds true, anti-gun Democrats could stalemate any pro-gun, pro-Constitution nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court after 2018.
And the real battle for the Second Amendment may be at the local and state levels. While the country was focused on who would become the next President, California voters approved Proposition 63 by a 63% majority.
On the heels of many other draconian anti-gun laws passed in California in 2016, Prop 63 removed the ownership exemption for pre-2000 owners of large-capacity magazines, making all magazines over ten rounds illegal. The proposition also instituted mandatory background checks to buy ammunition.
Further, not agreeing with the outcome of the election, in what is being dubbed “#calexit,” California has threatened to secede from the Union. Since that state’s philosophy differs so drastically from the rest of the country, all I can say is, “Bye.”
Our great nation is more divided than at any time since the Civil War. It remains to be seen if the elections will result in any real changes to that division, but it is my fervent hope that the new Administration will unite us once again.
The fight for the Second Amendment will never be over due to those who are determined to strip us of that right. And the Second guarantees the rest of the Bill of Rights. Stay in the fight. Join the NRA and stay engaged at all levels of government.
Until next time, stay low and watch your back.