The mainstream media and the Democrats would have the world believe that Americans are chomping at the bit to get rid of “assault” weapons, whatever those are. (Black semi-automatic rifles with largish magazines, probably.) As he was leaving the White House to travel to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the sites of the latest media focused mass shootings, President Donald Trump gave the reporters loitering for a soundbite a bit of news they probably did not want to hear.
He said that although there appeared to be political momentum for expanding background checks, there was little political effort to move forward on proposals to ban assault weapons.
“I’m looking to do background checks. I think background checks are important,” Trump said. “I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate … I’m all in favor of it.”…
Trump said he had been speaking with members of both parties on the issues, noting that there was significant disagreement about what was needed legislatively to prevent mass shootings.
The president said he had a lot of influence in the Republican party and indicated that he would press them to follow through on new legislation.
“I will be convincing people to do things that they don’t want to do … I will convince them to do the right thing,” he said.
Trump said there was no “political appetite” for an assault weapons ban.
“So far I have not seen that I can only do what I can do,” he said.
Far from being a defeat on an issue that is one due to manufactured outrage, the president recognizes that banning any sort of weapon like this is a political killer at the ballot box. In the end, so little crime is committed with the weapons, that any sort of legislation would be a band-aid on an artery at best.