This is the sort of gunfight the founders would be sure to have deplored.
Following the weekend’s mass shooting incidents, an increased spotlight has shined on the topic of gun control, or more specifically background checks for those wanting to purchase a firearm. Background checks have been around for a number of years, and have so far not produced the desired results of stopping mass shootings carried out by single white men who are mentally ill and had no father in the home.
That being the case, President Donald Trump is trying to gauge the national mood on the matter and is asking around Washington about what various lawmakers think of pending legislation, and what should be the next moves.
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 have 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 Graham, R-S.C., who said he had spoken to Trump “four or five times” since the shooting. “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 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.
While “doing something” might be appealing, one person in the gun rights arena is not afraid to tell the president he is playing with fire.
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.
This has come up in online forums and in the comment sections of various online publications. If the president actually does play around with background checks, the Deplorables who elected him will not be happy.
There has to be another solution.