Telling it like it is. Rights positions of President-elect Donald J. Trump are all that we would want them to be. America will be a safer place with our Second Amendment rights endorsed, better respected and protected. These are his own words: â€œDefend the Second Amendment of our Constitution. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.â€ Nominate United States Supreme Court justices that will abide by the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States that will include upholding the Second Amendment. Enforce the laws on the books. We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals. Expand and bring back programs like Project Exile and get gang members and drug dealers off the street. When we do, crime will go down and our cities and communities will be safer places to live. Empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves. Law enforcement does a tremendous job, but they canâ€™t be everywhere all the time. Fix our broken mental health system. All of the tragic mass murders that occurred in the past several years have something in common â€” there were red flags that were ignored. We canâ€™t allow that to continue. We must expend treatment programs and reform the laws to make it easier to take preventive action to save innocent lives. Most people with mental health problems are not violent, but just need help, and these reforms will help everyone. Defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners: Military bases and recruiting centers â€” to have a strong military. We need to allow them to defend themselves. National right to carry should be legal in all 50 states. Background checks: We need to fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we donâ€™t need to do is expand a broken system. Guns and magazine bans: The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own. Source: Donald J. Trump.com. Open letter by: ALFRED B. PETTIT JR.