For those unfamiliar with SilencerCo, they’re a pretty major manufacturer of firearms suppressors in the US. They have a reputation as a good company, but also one that doesn’t shy away from pushing for further Second Amendment rights. Specifically, they’ve pushed for a bill called the “Hearing Protection Act” that would take suppressors out of the NFA (National Firearms Act). Currently in the US, to own a suppressor (which tend to take guns from deafening loud to air-tool loud, not Hollywood whisper-quiet), there are a lot of bureaucratic hoops to jump through, and a $200 tax to pay on items that tend to run between $200-$900, and a several-month wait for bureaucrats to process your request to own something that shouldn’t be illegal.
Among the points Don Jr. makes in the video are that in Europe, suppressors are widely used, because it’s nice to not blow your eardrums out or irritate everyone within a half mile.
The interview is interesting to see what other members of the candidate’s family are like. I’d never seen an interview with Don Jr., and the assessments I’d read of him before were underwhelming. Admittedly, SilencerCo is a pretty friendly interview, and aside from the conservative litmus test/exclusion thing that he briefly mentions at the beginning that simply isn’t the case (at least for most of the country), but that’s the only nit I saw to pick – there are a lot of good points covered.
Even if one were to be as cynical as possible about politicians and businesses, the way he knowledgeably and passionately can cover info about the topic demonstrates he’s not BSing here.
A solid point that Don makes is that Hillary has openly opposed the Heller Decision, which started to acknowledge that the Second Amendment says what it says. If Hillary appoints another couple supreme court justices, we could be looking at decades worth of decisions made by leftist activists in direct conflict with what the law actually says.
Uncut interview here:
His discussion of the NY “SAFE” Act shows that he’s also had to live under absurd gun control laws, and rather than be someone who’s out of touch as some kind of elite, shows he’s been impacted by it as well and that these things aren’t lost on him.
There’s always the problem of disconnect by people who are privileged elites not having to live under the same rules, but here, despite finances and connections, he’s still stuck with the same laws we are, and still clearly sees how onerous it is for all American citizens.
Former TX Rep Dr. Suzanna Hupp said that how a politician views the Second Amendment will show how they view the citizenry:
How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.
– and I’ve said for years that the Second Amendment is the canary in the coal mine. It shows you where statist/leftist/progressive politicians are headed based on how they treat your right to self-defense.
Now here we have someone who’d have the president’s ear who’s been on the receiving end of those citizen-crushing politics, and who sees that the right to keep & bear arms is something critical to the fabric of the nation, and even as someone who does travel in industry circles as a celebrity, he still understands and can articulate much of the essence of the Second Amendment.