Since the race for South Carolina started heating up, Senator Ted Cruz has relentlessly attacked frontrunner Donald Trump for his inconsistent views on the Second Amendment. On ABC’s “This Week” last Sunday, Cruz said that the Supreme Court vacancy (possibly) awaiting the next president was all the more reason that voters should be wary of Trump.
“If Donald Trump becomes president, the Second Amendment will be written out of the Constitution, because it is abundantly clear that Donald Trump is not a conservative,” Cruz said.
Trump has hit back hard against that claim, and he now has a new champion in his corner. In Florida this week, John M. Snyder came to Trump’s defense. Snyder, who has been called “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists,” said that anyone who thought the real estate magnate was anti-gun was mistaken.
“GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is four-square on gun rights,” Snyder said. “The attempt to undermine the Trump candidacy with firearm owners is an outrage.”
Snyder cited Trump’s possessions of a concealed-carry permit as proof of his commitment to the Second Amendment. He waved away the suggestion that Trump’s earlier support of certain gun control laws was any reason for voters to have doubts.
“Our pro-gun rights, pro-individual freedom movement needs converts in order to continue expanding throughout the United States,” he said. “Where would the United States be today if our Founding Fathers had continued to seek reconciliation with the English Crown rather than promoting American independence? Even modern conservative icon Ronald Reagan switched from Democrat to Republican.”
Guns have suddenly become a hot topic in the Republican race, leading into a state where firearm ownership is dear to conservative voters. This is a good thing, especially in the wake of Antonin Scalia’s passing. Whether or not Obama manages to slam through a liberal nominee remains to be seen, but even if he does, the next president could be responsible for replacing up to three more Justices. With the Heller decision hanging in the balance, pro-gun conservatives deserve to know what they are getting.
Frankly, there’s every reason to think that the Second Amendment will be in good hands no matter which Republican ultimately wins. Trump, Cruz, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson have all come out as fervent supporters of the right to bear arms. All of them see the futility in passing gun control laws that do nothing to stop criminals. And in demonstrating that common sense, they are all leagues better than Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.