The move by Democrats to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is having an impact on their push for gun control, with discussions between the White House and Congressional leaders grinding to a halt. Politico is reporting that with Democrats moving forward with attempts to impeach the president, gun control isn’t a top priority for the White House at the moment.
The discussions between senators and the president were always an underdog to produce a breakthrough, but they showed unusual durability since a trio of mass shootings in August brought Trump to the table.
But the talks appear unable to survive a Democratic impeachment pile-on. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who’s shown some willingness to expand background checks and potentially buck the NRA, called it a “lost opportunity.” He said it reminded him of when Trump blew up a May meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on infrastructure after the speaker suggested Trump was engaged in a “cover-up.”
“It sets a negative tone and stage for doing a lot of other things,” Braun said of the impeachment trajectory. “It probably will eat up the lot of energy in the room to talk about other things that I think the public is interested in our addressing, which would be commonsense gun reforms and … health care.”
On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co. Cam is joined by the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb, who discusses his last conversation surrounding background checks, red flag laws, and more with the White House, as well as the continued threat to the 2nd Amendment, even if the current push on Capitol Hill fades.
Also on the program today, we’ve got the story of a Cleveland, Ohio man with more than a dozen felony convictions who’s now facing murder charges after killing a bicyclist while behind the wheel of a stolen car. Today’s armed citizen story features an unknown man who came to the aid of a mom in Philadelphia who had a gun held to her head, and our good deed involves an off-duty officer in the right place and at the right time to save a woman choking on a bite of broccoli.
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