When Donald Trump takes the stage at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on April 28, he will be the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan spoke at the event in 1983.
In remarks to Bloomberg, NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker said her organization was excited about President Trump’s agenda.
“The NRA is honored to have the president address our annual meeting at the leadership forum,” said Baker. “We’re excited to once again have a president who respects the Second Amendment.”
That Trump should make history in this way is only appropriate, seeing as how he was the first presidential candidate the NRA ever endorsed.
Since taking office in January, Trump has done little in his executive capacity to improve the state of gun rights, but he could take the next four years off and the NRA would still celebrate his presidency tirelessly. For one thing, an absent president would be far better for the Second Amendment than the last guy. More importantly, Trump already did his part to secure our gun freedoms by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch was an outstanding choice to replace Antonin Scalia, and his judicial writings speak of a man committed to upholding the Second Amendment. With him on the court, Scalia’s legacy – burned into history by the Heller decision – is secure.
The NRA emphasized this point after Gorsuch was confirmed:
While there may be no end to the hypocrisy, rancor, and obstruction that liberal loyalists are willing to inflict on the American political process, all citizens of goodwill can rest assured that in Judge Gorsuch, they have a decent, unbiased, and highly-qualified Supreme Court justice who will uphold the law.
And Second Amendment advocates in particular should sleep more soundly knowing that when the Supreme Court again hears a case on the right to keep and bear arms, Justice Scalia’s seat will be occupied by a man dedicated to ensuring that the Framers’ vision of constitutional freedom is upheld.
Whatever Trump does or doesn’t do in relation to guns from here on out, the mere fact that we’re finally free of Obama’s war on the Second Amendment is reason enough to rejoice. Everything else is just gravy.