Trump Backs Strict Gun Penalties, Concealed Carry, Mental Health Fixes


GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump issued a policy paper on guns last week, titled “Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights Will Make America Great Again,” reports The Trace. The paper was issued after the Second Amendment made a brief appearance at CNN's Republican debate. While Democrat Martin O'Malley proposed specific initiatives and goals (like cutting the 32,000 annual U.S. gun death total in half), Trump's largely ignores the details and complexities of the gun debate in favor of pro-gun buzzwords, filtered through Trump's signature bombastic voice, The Trace says.

Among other things, Trump praises Project Exile in Richmond, Va., which he said was responsible for taking 350 armed felons off the street, giving them long prison terms, and helping reduce murders by gun in Richmond by 60 percent. Trump also backed concealed gun-carry permits to help law-abiding gun owners defend themselves and declared that, “our mental health system is broken. It needs to be fixed.” He said, “Most people with mental health problems aren’t violent, they just need help. 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.”

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