Late last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced the creation of a pro-gun advocacy group called the Second Amendment Coalition, with the goal of garnering more gun owners’ votes, according to this story from guns.com.
The announcement is meant to reaffirm Trump’s commitment to gun owners and the Second Amendment. The coalition consists of 62 co-chairs ranging from Olympic athletes to manufacturers, and will advise Trump on gun issues into his presidency, should he beat Democrat Hillary Clinton for the White House.
Olympic shooting champion Kim Rhode, custom-gun builder Jesse James, Daniel Defense founder Marty Daniel, Barrett Firearms found Ronnie Barrett, and champion shooter Doug Koenig are some of the more notable names in the coalition, in addition to several U.S. Representatives from Utah, North Carolina, Missouri, California, and Louisiana, the story says.
Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump’s eldest son, is at the helm of the SAC, along with NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, the story says.
“My father defends the Second Amendment, so that you and I and your spouse and your children can take care of themselves when someone much stronger, much meaner and much more vicious than them tries to break into their home,” Trump, Jr. said in the story. “It’s not just a hobby or something I do on the weekends. It’s a lifestyle, and as my father often says, “this is about self-defense, plain and simple.”
Trump Jr. has been advocating for conservation as well as the shooting and outdoor industries for a good chunk of the campaign already. In June, Trump Jr. answered questions from media about public land, the Second Amendment, and hunters and gun owners on behalf of his father at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Western Media Summit.
You can find an uncut video from the forum-style interview, moderated by Range 365 editor and Field & Stream Special Projects Editor Mike Toth at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Western Media Summit, here.
Trump’s campaign is apparently trying to get the support of gun owners who have been put off by some of his public statements and his persona.
Rhode, 37, has been a Trump supporter for some time, and publicly vocal about her Second Amendment views, which she has said cost her mainstream sponsorships. She is a six-time Olympic medalist and recently took gold in a Women’s World Cup event. She has been particularly vocal about the impending restrictions that will be put on gun owners in her home state of California by the impending Proposition 63.
“This election isn’t about the next four years. It’s about the next 40 years, so voting for Hillary Clinton, or not voting, is simply not an option,” Cox said in the story, referring to the fact that the next president will likely get to appoint two Supreme Court justices, who serve for life. The guns.com story says if Trump wins the election, the SAC intends to help him select the next Supreme Court Justice to fill the spot left vacant by the death of Judge Antonin Scalia.