Gun-control measures are largely a state and local issue, with certain cities (Chicago and Washington DC) having some of the strictest gun laws and highest firearm crime rates. A concealed weapon in the hands of a responsible gun owner can deter and prevent further loss of life in a mass shooting. Knowing that churches have armed security in place would cause terrorists to seek other softer targets, for example.

This article on the AMAC website (AMAC is a conservative alternative to AARP), detailed some of the state gun-control issues on the November ballot and shows a map of gun laws by state showing how strict they are.

The incoming Trump administration makes the likelihood of a national gun-control law similar to the Brady Bill very unlikely. The Brady Bill banned certain types of military looking assault weapons but allowed sporting rifles with the exact same capabilities in some cases. Critics said that it gave politicians the appearance of having done something when it really didn’t help. Supporters contended it had been weakened by the NRA.

President-elect Trump is backed by the National Rifle Association, so its supporters will be very unhappy if he does not follow their recommendations. Both sides on this debate are entrenched in their positions and frequently talk past each other. One thing seems certain: the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment will remain stronger under Donald Trump than it would have under Hillary Clinton.