During a remarkable sitdown at the White House Wednesday, President Trump surprised Congressmen on both sides of the political aisle. He took a bold stance in favor of gun control, endorsing positions Republicans had shied away from for years.
“Fellas,” Trump said heartily, “if you can all get together and we can get one great piece of legislation — people want to see something happen. It would be so beautiful to have one bill that everyone could support.”
Trump expressed support for an expanded background system, he hinted that an assault rifle ban might even be appropriate. Democrats were stunned.
“I think it’s time that a president stepped up. I’m talking Democrat and Republican presidents, they’ve not stepped up,” President Trump said.
Gun control advocates should rejoice; their chance of getting their way has never been so strong. Trump has a lot of power over the Republican party, measures that he supports are likely to be supported by junior party members as well.
Democrats have been itching to implement some form of gun control for decades, if Republicans are suddenly on board change can happen very quickly.
“They have great power over you people; they have less . . . over me. Some of you people are petrified of the NRA. You can’t be petrified. [People] want to do what’s right,” President Trump said of the National Rifle Association.
His campaign received at least $30 million from the guns rights group but Trump is a billionaire, he’s not beholden to someone else’s money.
“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.
Two weeks ago a deranged teenager brought an AR-15 to a Florida high school and murdered 17 people, injuring dozens more.
(Source: New York Post)