Since before the 2016 election, I’ve said President Trump is malleable. He’ll listen to his base when we speak, and if his White House advisers are giving him bad advice, all we have to do is keep shouting the truth. He’ll hear us. He’s listening.
Following the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, many Republicans started caving to calls for gun control. The President himself declared a need to take action and turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to find solutions they could put on his desk. Some of those closest to him, such as his daughter Ivanka and Jared Kushner, took the opportunity to promote their own progressive agenda and coax the President into considering “common sense” gun control measures.
Many in the base erupted. Not everyone did; there were conspicuous “conservatives” who took the President’s initial cue regarding gun control and thought this meant they needed to parrot his perspectives instead of trying to convince him otherwise. Will these same people now backtrack as the President has signaled he will no longer consider gun control legislation? I hope so. There’s no shame in following the President’s lead, and as he comes to his senses, so too should those who supported his calls for gun control.
“A lot of the people that put me where I am are strong believers in the Second Amendment, and I am also. And we have to be very careful about that. You know, they call it the slippery slope. All of a sudden everything gets taken away. We’re not going to let that happen.” – President Trump
As Politico reported, the President’s shifting tone is already having a positive effect on many Republicans who had jumped on the gun control bandwagon. But McConnell isn’t one of them. He’s annoyed, which is a good thing.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly emphasized there are already strong background checks on the books, an apparent reversal from his drive to push his party on tightening background checks. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi assailed Trump for the turnabout, with Schumer calling it “heartbreaking.” They are pushing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up the House-passed universal background checks bill, which lacks GOP support in the Senate.
Gun control is unconstitutional and ineffective. It’s an emotional response to the serious problems we have with crime and mental illness. We need real solutions, not gut reactions. It’s good to see the President take the lead against gun control.
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