Confirmed Gun Grabber Trump Wants To Grab Your Guns - Supporting Trump Is Treason
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2019-08-10 17:00:19 UTC
The NRA's gonna shut Trump down.

Trump’s openness to extensive background checks for gun buys draws warning
from NRA

President Trump has repeatedly told lawmakers and aides in private
conversations that he is open to endorsing extensive background checks in
the wake of two mass shootings, prompting a warning from the National Rifle
Association and concerns among White House aides, according to lawmakers
and administration officials.

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday before visiting Dayton, Ohio, and El
Paso, where weekend shootings left 31 dead, said there “was great appetite
for background checks” amid an outcry over government inaction in the face
of repeated mass shootings.

Trump’s previous declarations of support for tougher gun controls,
including after the deadly Parkland, Fla., shooting in February 2018, have
foundered without a sustained push from the president and support from the
NRA or Republican lawmakers. Even Trump’s advisers question how far he will
go on any effort.

NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre spoke with Trump on Tuesday after the
president expressed support for a background check bill and told him it
would not be popular among Trump’s supporters, according to officials who
spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss internal talks.
LaPierre also argued against the bill’s merits, the officials said.

The NRA, which opposes the legislation sponsored by Sens. Patrick J. Toomey
(R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), declined to comment.

Advisers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would
not bring any gun-control legislation to the floor without widespread
Republican support. Trump has waffled, current and past White House
officials say, between wanting to do more and growing concerned that doing
so could prompt a revolt from his political base. Even some supporters of
the Manchin-Toomey bill, which would expand background checks to nearly all
firearm sales, say it is unlikely to pass.

Ohio governor calls for more stringent gun laws after facing public
pressure to act
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced Aug. 6 gun violence and mental health
proposals in response to pressure for him to "do something" after the
Dayton shooting. (Reuters)
“I don’t think the president or his Republican allies are going to become
out of nowhere advocates of aggressive gun control,” said Matt Schlapp, who
leads the American Conservative Union and is a close ally of Trump.

Trump has focused on guns extensively since the shootings, calling
lawmakers and surveying aides about what he should do — outreach that began
Sunday evening. White House officials say there has been a series of
meetings on a response, convened by acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney,
including a session Tuesday morning. The president has discussed with aides
the idea of a Rose Garden bill-signing ceremony for gun-control
legislation, a notion that seems premature to many in the West Wing.

Trump also asked lawyers about what he could enact through an executive
order, officials said.

“He seems determined to do something and believes there is space to get
something done this time around,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who said he had spoken to Trump “four or five
times” since the shootings. “The president has a pretty ­common-sense point
of view. He’s never been a sports or gun enthusiast. But he is more
determined than ever to do something on his watch.”

Manchin said that Trump called him at 6:30 a.m. Monday and that the two
spoke again on Tuesday, when Trump said he wanted legislation before
September, when the Senate is scheduled to return.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak to first responders
Wednesday as they visit the El Paso Regional Communications Center after
meeting with people affected by the El Paso mass shooting. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Trump did not express explicit support for the Manchin-Toomey bill but
asked a range of questions. Most of the recent mass shootings were carried
out with guns purchased legally.

“He was inquisitive, wanting to know why it hadn’t happened. He wanted to
know all about it,” Manchin said. “I told him we couldn’t get enough
Republicans to help us.”

Manchin said he told Trump that he would need to back any gun-control
legislation or it would fail again. Those comments were mirrored by almost
a dozen GOP and White House aides.

“If you don’t stand up and say, ‘This is a piece of legislation I
support,’ we’re not going to get enough cover to have Republicans stand
tall. They won’t be able to do it,” Manchin said.

On Tuesday, Trump outlined some NRA concerns in a second call with Manchin.
“We talked about that,” Manchin said. “I told him, we don’t expect the NRA
to be supportive. Mr. President, in all honesty, when you did the bump
stocks, they weren’t for you. They were against that, too. You didn’t take
any hit on that.”

In March, the administration administratively banned bump stocks, the
devices used to make semiautomatic rifles fire rapidly like machine guns.

A White House official said Trump had asked some advisers and lawmakers
this week about whether the NRA had enduring clout amid an internal
leadership battle and allegations of improper spending, as well as what his
supporters would think of the bill. The Washington Post reported this week
that LaPierre sought to have the NRA buy him a $6 million mansion in a
gated Dallas-area golf club after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland, in which 17 students and staff members were

[NRA chief sought purchase of $6 million mansion in wake of Parkland

Toomey said he has spoken with the president at least three times since the
weekend shootings. He declined to elaborate on the conversations, although
he stressed that Trump hasn’t specifically endorsed the bill. Their
conversations have been more general, he said, but Toomey noted that they
had been “encouraging” and “very recent.”

“I will just tell you generally the president is open-minded about this,”
Toomey said.

Some measures — such as a ban on assault weapons — have been ruled out,
White House officials and legislative aides say. Recent polls indicate a
majority of Americans support some form of a ban on assault rifles, though
there is a large partisan divide and fewer than half of Republicans support
such measures.A July NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll found 57 percent of the
public supported a ban on “the sale of semiautomatic assault guns, such as
the AK-47 or the AR-15.” Fewer than 3 in 10 Republicans supported the
proposal, rising to a slight majority of independents and more than 8 in 10

“There’s no political space for that,” Graham said. “So I don’t think he’s
going to go down that road.”

However, about 9 in 10 Americans support requiring background checks for
all gun purchases, including more than 8 in 10 Republicans, Democrats and
independents, according to polling.

Trump was vague about what he would do in his comments Wednesday, and
current and former White House officials said he is often ambivalent on
what he should do after shootings.

After the Parkland shooting, Trump expressed support for background checks
for gun purchases and greater police power to seize guns from mentally
disturbed people. But he faced significant resistance from the NRA and
Republicans and abandoned the ideas.

On Air Force One after the October 2017 shooting in Las Vegas that left 58
dead, Trump said he wanted to enact a law to keep such shootings from
happening again and would question others for ideas but did not have
specific proposals.

After shootings, Trump regularly would poll aides about what measures would
have political support, but if they did not gain backing, he was not
inclined to lead the charge.

“He would not be blocking it, but he’s not going to be the one forcing it
to happen,” one official said.

Some of the president’s more-moderate friends and donors have pressed for
more-robust gun-control measures. But Trump has also told advisers that he
cannot lose any members of his “base.”

“Republicans are headed for extinction in the suburbs if they don’t
distance themselves from the NRA. The GOP needs to put forth solutions to
help eradicate the gun violence epidemic,” said Dan Eberhart, a Republican

In public, Trump has promoted “red flag” laws — also known as extreme risk
protection orders — that allow family members or law enforcement to
petition a judge to ban gun access for someone they believe is an imminent
threat to themselves or others. Seventeen states and the District of
Columbia have such laws already in place, according to the Giffords Law
Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocates more restrictions on

White House aides said such a bill was the most likely outcome and had the
most support in the West Wing. Schlapp said that Trump could persuade
Republicans to support some measures seen as less restrictive.

“It’s the best route forward because it can pass, the president will sign
it and it can actually stop the next attack,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),
who drafted legislation to encourage more states to pass their own red-flag
laws, said in a phone interview Wednesday. He began working on the
legislation after the Parkland shooting.

“If you look at all the studies that have been done, you see that
invariably, with perhaps the exception of Las Vegas, they all exhibited
signs and warnings to people around them that they could do something,”
Rubio said.

Yet any effort on Capitol Hill to implement firearms restrictions is likely
to face, at a minimum, skepticism from conservatives concerned about any
measure viewed as restricting gun rights.

Early on in his administration, Trump moved to loosen restrictions on gun
purchases by people with mental illnesses, signing legislation overturning
an Obama-era regulation that barred certain people with mental health
issues from purchasing firearms.

Some Republican officials have pointedly noted that Graham didn’t consult
other GOP senators before forging ahead with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-
Conn.) on a plan to advance red-flag legislation through the Senate
Judiciary Committee.

A handful of Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, through aides
and in public comments, have indicated they are open to policies that would
encourage states to implement such laws.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) appeared the most skeptical, with a spokesman
saying merely that Sasse has asked to review the legislative language from
Graham. A spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said the lawmaker “believes
red-flag laws are one of the tools states can consider, but that there are
dangers depending on how a state implements these laws,” expressing concern
about protecting “due process and our constitutional rights.”

Democrats, while generally supportive of red flag laws, questioned how much
congressional efforts would actually help states — particularly
conservative ones with Republican governors — enact them. Senate Minority
Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that Democrats would
demand a vote on legislation expanding background checks that had already
passed the House and is opposed by the Trump administration in tandem with
any Senate vote on red flag laws.

“The question is, what difference can the federal government make in what
is largely a state decision?” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), one of the
most vocal advocates of gun control in Congress. “I’m all for federal
action on extreme risk protection orders. I’m just not sure it’s going to
move the needle.”
2019-08-10 18:40:45 UTC
Post by Corky
The NRA's gonna shut Trump down.
Trump’s openness to extensive background checks for gun buys draws warning
from NRA
President Trump has repeatedly told lawmakers and aides in private
conversations that he is open to endorsing extensive background checks in
the wake of two mass shootings, prompting a warning from the National
Rifle Association and concerns among White House aides, according to
lawmakers and administration officials.
In two weeks this matter will become redundant and the MSM will have to find
something else to bitch about, and The Don knows it.

BTW, will he say anything about these two knife attacks on the same day?