Congress & President Trump Must Protect 2nd Amendment Rights

August 19, 2019
Washington, DC
Signatures updated 8/22/19

Conservatives oppose any attempt to limit the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans through the use of unconstitutional universal background checks, assault weapons bans, gun registries, or red flag laws.

As citizens of this great nation, we vehemently condemn the actions of mass shooters, and the ideologies of hatred that have motivated many of them.

We are also fully committed to the Constitutional rights of all citizens, which includes the right to self-defense enshrined in the 2nd Amendment. We will not solve the problem of mass shooters by disarming law-abiding Americans from defending themselves in case of an attack.

There is scant evidence that more restrictive background checks and gun ownership will stop future criminals from securing weapons to carry out their heinous crimes. The Dayton and El Paso shooters, for example, both purchased their firearms legally. The mass shooter in Charleston in 2015 was not stopped from purchasing a gun because of communications failures by bureaucracies during the background check process.

Rather, a more complex legal system will serve to curtail the constitutional rights of law abiding Americans and limit their ability to defend themselves, while doing little to stop those motivated to do harm.

Red flag laws, in particular, present troubling concerns about the due process right of Americans, and have even limited access of veterans to firearms, simply because they chose to seek help for counseling for trauma sustained in combat.

It is likely that multiple factors—not just the presence of firearms—that trigger these mass tragedies. Social factors such as alienation, an over-reliance on drugs and pharmaceuticals, persistent unemployment, dysfunctional families, cultural acceptance of violence, and mental illness all contribute.

The right to bear arms is a fundamental right of all Americans. The proper response to these tragedies must not be one that limits the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens to arm and defend themselves.


Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
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Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks
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President
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President
Council for National Policy
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President
The Leadership Institute
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
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Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
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The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
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Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
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President
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Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee (2014-2015)
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President
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Family Research Council
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President
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Erich Pratt
Senior Vice President
Gun Owners of America
Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project
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President
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President
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President
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