Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Trump: Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead on Background Checks

In one breath President Donald Trump says he’s “the biggest Second Amendment person there is.” In another, he seems determined to pass more meaningful background checks.

Nevermind the fact that background checks have been required by law on all retail gun sales in the United States for 21 years.

Still, the president seems committed. (Hot Air)

Will Donald Trump put together a gun-control package that eluded Barack Obama? After two mass shootings this weekend, Trump has ignored reluctant Republicans and a worried NRA to push for expanded background checks and “red flag” laws to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill and dangerous. Wayne LaPierre tried to slow Trump down yesterday, but the president declared full speed ahead this morning on Twitter:


How comforting will it be for LaPierre to have the NRA’s views “fully represented” by Trump alone at the bargaining table? Before this week, perhaps quite comforting, but after this week … not so much. LaPierre has played on the defensive all week, as is usual after mass shootings, mainly with the effective argument that the proposed “solutions” wouldn’t have necessarily stopped any of these incidents.


Trump’s need for action has changed that calculus, however. Republicans on Capitol Hill seem more inclined to follow Trump’s lead this time than the NRA’s, too:

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said a law expanding background checks and “red flags” would be on the table after the Senate returns from its August recess.

Is there a new paradigm on the issue of gun control, courtesy of President Trump or are the Second Amendment advocates sounding the alarm off base this time?

AAN Staff
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