Trump Backs Gun Rights in Second Policy Paper
Donald Trump has picked a new policy to latch onto in order to generate additional votes from Republican voters. In a policy paper posted online, Trump suggested that he is an avid supporter of gun rights.
“The Second Amendment to our constitution is clear,” the Republican front-runner writes in the gun rights platform published online. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon — period.”
He couldn’t resist turning the spotlight on President Barack Obama. Trump claimed that Obama has been far too soft on criminals during his time as president.
“We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals,” he said. “The Obama administration’s record on that is abysmal.”
“Violent crime in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and many others is out of control,” Trump said. “Drug dealers and gang members are given a slap on the wrist and then released. This needs to stop.”
The Hill reports:
Trump then charged that the recent spate of mass shootings is the result of America’s failing mental healthcare infrastructure.
“Too many politicians have ignored this problem for far too long,” he said. “We can’t allow that to continue.”
“We need to expand treatment programs, because most people with mental health problems aren’t violent, they just need help,” Trump added. “But for those who are violent, a danger to themselves or others, we need to get them off the street before they can terrorize our communities.”
Trump additionally charged he opposes gun and ammunition restrictions and would allow military personnel to carry weapons on bases.
“Gun and magazine bans are a total failure,” the outspoken billionaire said. “That’s been proven every time it’s been tried.”
“To have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves,” he added.
Friday’s policy reveal follows the reality TV star’s cancellation of a major campaign appearance in Greenville, S.C., on Friday morning. He’s also currently under fire for refusing to correct two supporters’ claims that Obama is a Muslim foreigner during an event in Rochester, N.H., the night before.
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