GOP Hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy Will Call For ATF Shutdown, Expanded 2A Rights At NRA Convention 2023

On Friday at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Indianapolis, Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy will call for the ATF’s shutdown and expanded Second Amendment rights.

“The ATF is broken. I plan to abolish the FBI and start over with federal law enforcement. This new apparatus can perform the function of background checks without creating a gun registry or shadow database – and I will shut down the ATF whose culture has become so toxic that it cannot merely be ‘reformed,’” Ramaswamy will say, according to a preview of the speech obtained by Fox News Digital.

Ramaswamy will advocate for Second Amendment rights, including constitutional carry.

He will tell the gathering that he supports a nationwide constitutional carry bill that permits Americans to carry weapons on their person regardless of state.


Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy talks to the Merrimack County Republicans during an event in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 13, 2023. Paul Steinhauser

Other sections of the speech will explain why he became a gun owner as a child of immigrants and after growing up in a “anti-gun” home.

“I won’t pretend. No hunting. I don’t shoot sports. Why I bought a gun. Ramaswamy would suggest the Second Amendment was meant for times like this.

The Second Amendment is the “fundamental difference” between how the U.S. guarantees liberties and how China and Iran do, he would remark.

“Tyrannical governments like China and Iran provide a valuable lesson: the key difference between talking about individual rights vs. securing individual rights is the 2nd Amendment,” Ramaswamy will argue.


Ramswamy will explore Iran and China’s constitutions’ provisions on citizen rights and government overreach, as well as how the Civil War’s Second Amendment violations led to Jim Crow legislation.

He will compare the Second Amendment to “Mutually Assured Destruction,” a Cold War nuclear deterrent theory.

“Our Founders established the Second Amendment as ‘mutually assured destruction.’ “We use this phrase in the context of the Cold War, when the U.S. and USSR, both armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, took great pains not to provoke each other,” he will remark. “In America, the armed citizenry balances the government and its military: it’s the last bastion that deters unconstitutional overreach.”

ESG and social credit systems are “a new backdoor vehicle for the government to infringe on Second Amendment rights,” Ramaswamy will argue.

On April 13, 2023, Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy spoke at the New Hampshire State Senate in Concord. Paul Steinhauser

“Social Credit Scores (SCSs) are used by Communist China to terrorize their political opponents. Now, U.S. campaigners are pressing credit card companies and banking institutions to track and prohibit legitimate gun purchases using the same means,” he will say.

Ramaswamy will also urge on the U.S. government to cease such policies that he would claim “foster the growing ‘ESG’ cancer” in our economy.

The annual NRA conference will also feature a number of Ramaswamy’s opponents as speakers, including former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. Friday-Sunday event.

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