Has President Trump Jumped Ship on the 2nd Amendment?
President Trump has made some stunning statements lately that make us concerned that he has fallen for the leftist anti-gun narrative against the 2nd Amendment. If it is true, he will lose the support of the NRA and the millions of Americans who voted for him in 2016. Yesterday, February 28, 2018, he held a bipartisan meeting at the White House with Congress members regarding ideas for school safety in the wake of the Florida shooting.
The “Bispartisan School Safety Meeting”
Many ideas, some good & some not so good, emerged from our bipartisan meeting on school safety yesterday at the White House. Background Checks a big part of conversation. Gun free zones are proven targets of killers. After many years, a Bill should emerge. Respect 2nd Amendment!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2018
It was an honor to welcome bipartisan members of Congress for a discussion on SAFE schools and SAFE communities. As we continue to mourn the loss of so many precious young lives in Parkland, we are determined to turn our grief into action. Full meeting: https://t.co/tbl94sCM01 pic.twitter.com/TmUMusoR9x
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
“I’m a fan of the NRA. There’s no bigger fan. I’m a big fan of the NRA. These are great people, these great patriots. They love our country. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything.” Donald Trump
Right now, Mr. President we aren’t agreeing with you on everything either.
One of the moments in the meeting that particularly rankled Conservative Republicans is when President Trump remarked: “Take the guns first. Go through due process second. I like taking the guns early.”
The NRA backlash from that statement was especially swift:
“The NRA is also going to protect due process for innocent Americans. That is an approach that we are going to hold to. We stressed this to the president. … It is a foundational principle of this country and due process must be protected and respected in terms of going around any solutions.” Dana Loesch, NRA Spokeswoman
Due Process is literally what defines the United States from the dictatorships of the world. We already have Obama-era situations in which people are still having their due process rights completely destroyed – especially in the gun rights arena. And often innocent Americans have been at the brunt of them as we reported here, here, and here, among others. From veterans to the elderly, gun confiscation without due process is already a reality in many places. To add to it is ludicrous.
The President may have just said that rashly, being in the midst of the meeting with hostile forces. But it seriously emboldened the Democrat anti-gunners whose major purpose in life is to disarm the citizenry. Here’s a case in point from Breitbart (emphasis mine):
“President Trump asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to add her “assault weapons” ban to the overarching school safety bill during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday.
Feinstein’s bill, which is an enhanced reintroduction of a bill she has put forward again and again, bans over 200 different firearms.
During Wednesday’s White House meeting, Trump showed support for the gun control pushed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). The Manchin/Toomey bill is a gun control bill that the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected on April 17, 2013. But Trump chalked that failure up to Barack Obama’s lack of leadership, and talked of using the Manchin/Toomey bill as a base to which other bills could be added.”
Feinsteins reaction was immediate and jubilant- you can see it here:
Feinstein’s reaction when Trump says she should add assault weapons ban to Manchin-Toomey pic.twitter.com/7dlKxwa1KO
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) February 28, 2018
Keep in mind that Senator Feinstein thinks that AR weapons are the latest and newest” weapons…when the AR was created by Eugene Stoner first back in the 1950s and Armalite began manufacturing them in the 60s. Pretty old for being ‘new,’ aren’t they?
The President also encouraged lawmakers to drop the National Concealed Carry proposal from the Fix NICS bill. This was another departure from the position of the NRA that brought a negative reaction. According to The Hill,
“‘While today’s meeting made for great TV, the gun control proposals discussed would make for bad policy that would not keep our children safe. Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of a deranged lunatic our leaders should pass meaningful reforms that would actually prevent future tragedies.’ Jennifer Baker, NRA spokeswoman
Baker said they can start by fixing the broken mental health system, strengthening background checks to ensure the records of people who are prohibited from possessing firearms are in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, securing our schools and preventing mentally ill individuals deemed dangerous from accessing firearms.”
Giving the President the benefit of the doubt, he may have been playing to the audience and has no intention of signing a bill against the 2nd Amendment that would delete the rights of the Constitution, including Due Process. But if he has gone against the very people who elected him, his support will be severely curtailed.
The full meeting is here: