After supporting 'assault weapon bans' and other restrictions, Donald Trump has had to do some damage control with regard to 2nd Amendment advocates — but he has made up considerable ground, finally securing the endorsement of the NRA.
But there is one Trump who may love the 2nd Amendment even more...
Donald Trump Jr. took a break from campaigning for his father to have a conversation with Joshua Waldron, the CEO of SilencerCo (a company that makes silencers) to talk about the company's product and about gun rights in general.
He outlined the importance of the 2nd Amendment:
“It's not just a hobby or something I do on the weekends. It's a lifestyle. I mean, it's the thing the Founding Fathers thought of right after freedom of speech and religion. It wasn’t an afterthought; it was created to protect our most basic and important rights.”
He claimed that — especially considering the age (and likely retirement) of several Supreme Court justices — a Hillary Clinton presidency would put those rights at risk:
"It’s also no secret that Hillary Clinton is not a supporter of 2nd Amendment rights, as made evident by her opinion regarding the results of the District of Columbia v. Heller case.
The Supreme Court said you have a right, to keep a firearm in your home. [Hillary] said the Supreme Court got that wrong. That scares me as an American."
And then the son of the Republican presidential candidate explained just how deeply the loss of 2nd Amendment rights could affect him personally:
"I'm on the road a lot. I have five children at home. I have a wife.
You know, she's a tough woman. She puts up with me and she puts up with my kids and does a great job raising them. But she can't stop an aggressive bad guy who's out to get her. She can't do that by herself.
She has a concealed weapons permit. She practices with me and she enjoys it. It's a big part of our lifestyle. And we need to be able to defend ourselves.
My wife, as athletic as she may be, she realizes she's not going to go – she can't go one-on-one with a criminal looking to do her harm.
But the fact that she knows it's there, and the fact that she knows how to use that, lets her sleep a little bit easier at night when she's at home and I'm not."
For him, the ability to turn the tables on an attacker is of the utmost importance:
"You can defend yourself. You can turn those tables if you're ever in one of those situations, God forbid, to be able to defend yourself and your family.
And I can't think of anything more important as a father. That's what I'm around for. That's the number-one thing I have to do, is make sure that I can take care of them. And again, when I'm not around, that's her number-one job."
Trump Jr. has long been known to be a gun enthusiast and an avid hunter — a fact that has made him the target of a number of animal rights organizations:
Trump Jr. wrapped up the interview by explaining why he'd agreed to interview with SilencerCo in the first place: “I believe in American manufacturing, and I love the product. I can't use it in the 'People's Republic of New York,' but I've gotten to shoot it all over the country.”
You can watch Donald Trump Jr.'s full interview, below: