President Donald Trump delivered a speech on infrastructure to a crowd in Ohio on Thursday afternoon, but of course, the Second Amendment came up, as well. When one of Trump’s supporters shouted a single world as POTUS discussed calls to repeal the Second Amendment, the crowd went wild. You’re going to love this!
Gun control has remained a hot topic ever since the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The public debate reached a fever pitch recently, though, when former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens suggested an all-out repeal of the Second Amendment.
“Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday,” Stevens wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. “These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society,” he added.
“That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms,” wrote Stevens. “But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
This was a shocking notion, to be sure, especially coming from a man who once presided over the highest court in the land. Supreme Court justices ought to have an unwavering commitment to upholding the values outlined in our country’s Constitution, not actively campaign to dissolve one of the most important amendments held therein.
President Donald Trump noted as much in his speech to an Ohio crowd on Thursday, saying, “We want to protect our Second Amendment.” Trump added that there are some “very important and respected” Democrats calling to “get rid of our Second Amendment.”
According to The Daily Caller, the president touched on a wide array of issues in the speech, but the loudest applause line came when Trump talked about the Second Amendment. As he paused for effect, a man in the audience shouted one word at him: “Tyranny!”
Trump laughed and pointed at the man, before saying, “You could be right about that.” The audience applauded as Trump forcefully said, “That’s not going to happen. We’re going to protect our Second Amendment.”