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Conservative Action Project: Congress And President Trump Must Protect Second Amendment Rights

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Eighty-one leaders of the Conservative Action Project yesterday issued a statement calling upon President Trump and Congress to protect the Second Amendment rights of all citizens. In particular, the statement called into question the constitutionality of universal background checks, assault weapons bans, gun registries, and red flag laws.

The text of the statement follows:

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. These issues must be addressed before taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens.

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.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to share this article widely through their social media and email lists and to call their Representative and Senators through the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044) and to let President Trump know via the White House comment line (1-202-456-1111) that the Second Amendment is not negotiable.

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

William L. Walton
Council for National Policy

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP

Myron Ebell
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
Executive Director, Conservative Partnership Institute

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

Adam Brandon

Rachel Bovard
Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee (2014-2015)

Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

David Bozell

Erich Pratt
Senior Vice President
Gun Owners of America

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Jake Hoffman
President & CEO
Rally Forge

Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Dr. Everett Piper
Bestselling Author: Not A Day Care, Washington Times Columnist

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
US House of Representatives

The Honorable Diana Denman
Presidential Appointee
President Ronald Reagan (1982-1988)

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Kathleen Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising

John F. Tate
America’s Liberty PAC

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Susan A. Carleson
American Civil Rights Union

Floyd Brown
America Fighting Back PAC

Benjamin R. Case
Focused On Fundraising

Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action

Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation

Amy Kremer
Women for America First

Penna Dexter
Point of View Radio

Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company

Lisa Calvert
Christian Speaker
Rabon-Calvert Int.

Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Seton Motley
Less Government

Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian

Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Media Research Center

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association

Rebecca Hagelin
The Washington Times

The Honorable Charles J. Cooper
Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan
Cooper &Kirk, PLLC

William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action

Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project

Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Jenna Ellis Rives
Constitutional Law Attorney
Trump 2020 Advisory Board

Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government

Sean Noble
American Encore

Sean Noble
American Encore

Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.

Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property

Robert Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

Matthew Tyrmand
Matthew Tyrmand LLC

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives

Norm Singleton
Campaign for Liberty

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee

The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)

Eunie Smith
Eagle Forum

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