An extremely controversial statement admittedly. However, after a discussion it became clear that this was how many people felt.

Donald Trump now being the 45th president has brought many arguments and interesting statements such as that above. But, can Donald Trump actually change the constitution? If he could, is this a good argument?

Fortunately, President Trump cannot change the constitution, meaning he cannot repeal amendments even if he wanted to.

The United States constitution is protected against an abuse of powers. What does that mean? It means that a single person cannot hold the power to change the constitution to how said person sees fit. As said by John Locke ‘may be too great a temptation for human frailty … for the same person to have the power of making laws, to have also in their hands the power to execute them, whereby they may exempt themselves from obedience to the laws the make’.

The constitution is protected. For an amendment to be repealed, it must be a vote in Congress to which equals a 2/3 vote. This is referred to as entrenchment, the protection of an abuse of power.

This is where this becomes a difficult scenario, because there will be a lot of Americans who appreciate their right to bear arms. I can imagine that a fair amount of those people will sit in congress, to which makes a 2/3 vote difficult and probably unlikely.