Over the last week or so, I’ve been less than pleased with the president. His apparent willingness to capitulate with progressive demands for gun control is alarming, especially when he’s already done it once by regulating bump stocks into illegality.
Not everyone feels the same way, though.
Some are perfectly fine with President Trump giving up ground on gun control. Some supposedly on the right even think it’s the right thing to do.
Others, however, are skeptical of the president being willing to actually give the left what they want when it comes to the Second Amendment. One such voice is Townhall‘s Kurt Schlicter:
Donald Trump is a lot of things, but stupid is not one of them. Like all of us, he is understandably horrified by the murder sprees of that progressive environmental eugenics weirdo and that member of Big Chief Warren’s tribe.* But Trump is also keenly aware that any betrayal of his supporters on a literally life or death issue like guns – if you’ve been listening to the left you have a good idea what miserable fate awaits you if you get disarmed and they take power – will result in his wholesale abandonment by his supporters. No, his base probably won’t go vote for the furry, or Doxxy Castro’s brother, or Gaffe-y McOldenheimer. His base will just stay home. Trump will lose, the GOP will lose the Senate, and the left will take over. And bad things will happen to the liberal elite’s enemies, not least of all to Trump and his family.
Trump understands this. And he understands that the media is trying to get him to alienate his own supporters. But so far, he has never stuck us in the back even after the garbage media eagerly reports on his conciliatory talk on subjects near and dear to us in the hopes that it means a betrayal is incoming. It never has been in the past. There’s no reason to believe he would sell us out now.
We would not forgive him. To go left on guns would be, at a minimum, political suicide.
Trump has always come through in the end, but on the way, his unique tactics can make us nervous. We worried that Trump was going to let them pull the amnesty wool over his eyes to get some kind of deal. That did not happen. People fretted that he would give away the farm to the pudgy Korean dictator. Trump has not. Trump’s style is to talk in a conciliatory manner and to speak nicely of his opponents during negotiations, but not to take a crummy deal.
The same is likely true now on guns. Trump is talking in a conciliatory way as a prelude to negotiations. But Trump has not said he would embrace a ban on so-called “assault weapons” – he understands that if he does so he might as well call a moving van. Nor did Cocaine Mitch – the Murder Turtle (his enemies bestow the greatest nicknames upon him) only observed that it would be “front and center” in the debate because that’s where the Democrats seeking to disarm us would put it. McConnell knows a sellout on guns makes him the minority leader; he’s not going to let those socialist creeps take our AR-15s.
Now, I sincerely hope Schlicter is right. I pray that he’s right and I’m wrong.
In fact, he very well may be right. His examples are solid ones. Trump does things in odd ways that yes, make many on the right nervous. That probably is also what enrages so many on the left. They think they’re getting ground and them WHAM!
I hope he’s right and my own skepticism of the president turns out to be completely unwarranted. Schlicter is a lot more trusting of President Trump than I am, of course, which colors both of our opinions to some degree, so only time will tell which one of us is right.
One thing in this that I know Schlicter and I agree on completely is how we both hope he is. God knows how I’ll rejoice to be wrong, something my wife believes I’m constitutionally incapable of being happy about. Usually, she’s right, but not this time.
In the meantime, a lot of us get to be very, very nervous.
If you want to hear more about Kurt’s thoughts on this or other Second Amendment topics, you should check him Thursday when he joins Cam on Cam & Co.