At the start of 2016, then-GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump promised he would undo federal laws banning guns in school and on military bases — “My first day, it gets signed, OK? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones,” he said at the time.
A huge supporter of Second Amendment who aimed to legalize weapon carry in all 50 states, the billionaire mogul also called for the abolition of gun and magazine bans.
In fact, he labeled the laws “total failure.”
“Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice,” Trump said. “The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.”
His rhetoric fell perfectly in line with what far right and pro-gun activists had been touting for a long time: gun-free zones facilitate mass shootings — despite there being not much evidence to back the theory up.
The real estate developer, who has no political or military experience, also spent a lot of time on campaign trail brainwashing his followers that President Barack Obama and then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wanted to take Americans’ guns away.
“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,” Trump wrote in a position paper last year. “What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans.”
He also called for making concealed carry permits, which he also owns, like a driver’s license.
"If we can do that for driving — which is a privilege, not a right — then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege,” the former reality TV star said.
However, in yet another act of pure hypocrisy, firearms are among the items banned from Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20.
As the BuzzFeed recently reported, the Metropolitan Police Department is concerned that some guests might bring in guns to the event. Their apprehension is understandable, considering a number of president-elect’s loyalists are either members of the alt-right or other white supremacist groups.
Moreover, keeping in mind the violence that usually marred Trump rallies and the fact that thousands of anti-Trump protesters are coming to town to protest his inauguration, things might get a little heated at the ceremony.
“We expected them to exercise their rights peacefully … and we’ll be prepared should anybody not,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, asserting that city officials are “prepared for any and all circumstances.”
A police representative also told BuzzFeed the department is “aware of various groups planning on exercising their First Amendment rights. Although we do not discuss operational strategy or tactics, MPD is prepared to both protect the rights of individuals to exercise their First Amendment rights and ensure public safety.”
It’s not just ironic that gun-loving Trump has banned the firearms from possibly the biggest event of his lifetime, it is actually cowardly (at least it seems that way).
Other items on the no-no list include:
- Animals other than service/guide animals
- Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18” by 13” by 7”)
- Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
- Glass, thermal, or metal containers
- Laser pointers
- Mace/pepper spray
- Selfie sticks
- Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20” x 3” x 1/4”)
- Supports for signs and placards
- Toy guns
- Weapons of any kind
- Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
Thumbnail/Banner Credits: Reuters