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President Donald Trump made a lot of campaign promises, promises he’s done a pretty good job of keeping. While there were some promises I didn’t support, the man did what he said he was going to do.
However, there’s one big promise he doesn’t seem to be keeping, and that’s to defend the Second Amendment.
Now, I’m willing to let the bump stock thing slide. After all, I remember the legislation that was being considered and was also likely to pass. The reclassification of bump stocks by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) averted a near disaster. I don’t like it, but I don’t have to.
The problem is, the president is once again talking gun control legislation and signaling his willingness to sign such laws.
The debate over gun control continues, with President Trump again calling for stronger background checks.
The President says it’s time for Congress to act—and also says he hopes the NRA will get on board.
But the President and the nation’s gun lobby could be in for a tough fight ahead.
President Trump on Friday was confident that some kind of gun reform is possible, even in the face of NRA resistance.
“We have tremendous support for really common sense, sensible, important background checks. I think we can get something really good done,” said President Trump.
This has only emboldened gun control groups like Brady, which now see a golden opportunity before them.
These groups see a president who is willing to give them what they’ve long wanted. However, we also see that despite the anti-gun establishment’s long claims of wanting to compromise, what they really want is to take from our right to keep and bear arms with nothing in return. Not even their typical version of “compromise.”
“If we are talking about universal background checks, we need that to be a true universal background check so that any gun purchased in this country is bought with a background check,” said Christian Heyne, of Brady.
Heyne is optimistic, but warns any legislation needs to be loophole-free.
“In the past, there has been proposals on the table that have allowed for a lot of gun lobby carve outs.”
In other words, gun control groups want it all and without any exceptions. Loaning a gun to a friend or passing a firearm on to your children will require a background check if they get their way.
And worse, it looks like President Trump is willing to work with them on this. He’s willing to give them at least some of this.
President Trump promised us that he would work with the National Rifle Association to save the Second Amendment. Well, now is his chance. He can step up and recognize what gun rights activists have known all along, that guns are not the problem with mass shootings, or he can capitulate with the anti-gun crowd, win zero votes for 2020 and lose quite a few.
Look, President Trump was the choice for most gun rights advocates because the alternative was Hillary Clinton, who we knew damn good and well was coming for the guns if she got half a chance. However, if we’re going to get hammered by anti-gun laws from our federal government anyway, a lot of pro-gun folks are just going to stay home in November.
That’s not good for President Trump, and I’m sure his advisors know it. They would do well to remind the president that he was elected in significant part thanks to the gun rights movement. He would do well to remember that.