The Second Amendment
The right to bear arms is at the heart of the American experience. Patriots armed themselves to win our independence, and the Supreme Court has affirmed that the Second Amendment confers this individual right to all Americans. As a CIA officer, Evan has carried arms to protect himself in warzones, and he supports the rights of all Americans to protect their homes, families and freedoms and to use firearms for sport, hunting and all other lawful purposes.
As president, Evan McMullin will never infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun-owners. Instead, he will respect the founding spirit of our country by ensuring that Americans have the ability to defend their families and enjoy their sporting traditions without government interference.
In contrast, Donald Trump was an advocate of intrusive gun control until he launched his campaign for president. In 2000, he supported Bill Clinton’s ban on so-called assault weapons and called for longer waiting periods before gun purchases. He has criticized conservatives for their refusal to make concessions on this issue while praising President Obama’s gun control advocacy.
While posing as a friend of gun owners, Trump continually betrays his ignorance of their commitment to exercising Second Amendment rights in a safe and responsible manner. Trump’s appalling suggestion that “Second Amendment people” might retaliate against politicians demonstrated his ignorance of gun owners’ dedication to law and order.
Hillary Clinton has a long record of supporting a wide range of draconian restrictions on Second Amendment rights. Like President Obama, she is an enemy of the Second Amendment and believes that anyone on the no-fly list should be prohibited from purchasing a gun, a clear compromise of due process rights. Donald Trump supported the prohibition as well.
Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands
While defending the Second Amendment, we must also keep weapons out of the hands of those who would do us harm. The FBI’s terrorist watch list is an important tool for homeland security professionals, but it lacks transparency and due process protections. On its own, it is an insufficient basis to deprive Americans of their right to purchase and possess firearms.
There is also a compelling need to improve treatment for those with severe mental illness and to screen them more effectively. Improved mental health treatment is also essential because a majority of gun deaths are the result of suicide. Before an individual makes the decision to end his or her life, we must encourage a broader national effort to identify and treat mental illness, including depression and other conditions.
Despite the contentiousness of this issue, there are practical ways forward. With NRA support, Senator John Cornyn proposed a plan that would give the attorney general three days to determine if there is probable cause to prevent an individual on the watch list from purchasing a gun. Combined with an increased focus on getting the mentally ill the help they need, this is the kind of common sense solution politicians should be seeking.
Unfortunately, many in Congress prefer to grandstand rather govern. Sit-ins on the House floor are no substitute for leadership. In fact, this kind of stunt is precisely why Americans are so fed up with politics as usual.
Evan will reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and turn its purpose to assisting law enforcement in the solution of gun-related crimes rather than serving as a regulatory agency and back-door gun control organization embedded inside the Federal government. Evan will also seek 50-state reciprocity for concealed carry permits.
Ultimately, our nation is safest when weapons are out of the hands of terrorists and in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Under Evan’s leadership, the Second Amendment will be stronger and American citizens will be more secure.