10 Questions About Guns for Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association during their NRA-ILA Leade
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during at their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

1. Now that you've won the endorsement of the National Rifle Assocation, will you dare to do or say anything that the NRA would not thoroughly approve?

2. The second amendment to the U.S. Constitition reads as follows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." As a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, do you believe that the right to bear arms should be "well-regulated" by law, or totally unregulated?

3. There are now 300 million firearms in the U.S.--nearly one per person. Why do we need more?

4. You have eight grandchildren ranging in age from two months to eight years. When Donald John (age 6) and Kai Madison (age 8) go off to school, do their parents pack a loaded pistol in each of their lunchboxes? If not, why not? Without guns, how can they protect themselves against mean teachers andschoolyard bullies?

5. Should airline passengers be allowed to carry guns onto planes? If not, why do you sanction the infringement of their constitutional right to bear arms?

6. According to the most recent Gallup Poll , 33 percent of Americans are satisfied with our present gun laws, 11 percent think these laws should be less strict, and 55 percent think they should be stricter. That's a clear majority for stricter gun laws and a five to one majority for stricter laws among those who want to change them. Why is the will of the NRA more important than the will of these majorities?

7. So far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, firearms have killed 5,044 people in America and injured 10,299 more. Victims of gun violence this year include 219 children under 12 and 1,078 teenagers under 18. What would you do as president to to bring these numbers down?

8. In most parts of the U.S., anyone who wants to buy a gun has only to wait for an instant background check at a gun store or for none at all at a gun show. But if you want to buy a gun anywhere in Canada, you need a Firearms Licence, which means taking a safety course, providing personal references, and waiting at least 28 days for criminal history and background checks. Does this difference between the two countries explain in any way why the death rate from shootings in the U.S. is seven times higher than it is in Canada?

9. Why are all guns banned at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, and at many other Trump hotels and golf courses?

10. Should American Muslims be allowed to buy and carry any guns they wish?