Trump Backtracks on Stronger Background Checks for Gun Buyers; Says U.S. Already has ‘Very, Very Strong Background Checks’ in Place

  • Despite expressing support for stronger background checks for gun buyers shortly after the deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump seems to be reversing his decision.
  • Trump told reporters on Tuesday: “We have very, very strong background checks right now. But we have sort of missing areas and areas that don’t complete the whole circle, and we’re looking at different things.”
  • Trump also said that “officials need to be wary of the prospect of a slippery slope where everything gets taken away.”
  • The president’s “slippery slope” comments closely mirror “the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) long-held argument that even modest gun control regulations would inevitably lead to more stringent ones.”
  • Trump also reiterated his “earlier assertions that shootings are a mental problem and floated reopening more mental institutions to solve the issue — something he proposed at a campaign rally in New Hampshire last Thursday.”
  • Trump told reporters that he’s engaged in “meaningful talks” with Democrats about new gun legislation but didn’t offer many details.
  • Trump clarified: “I’m not going to get into that, but we are in very meaningful discussion with the Democrats, and I think the Republicans are very unified. We are very strong on our Second Amendment.”
  • Trump added that Democrats are “not strong at all on the Second Amendment.”
  • Shortly after the deadly shootings earlier this month that left 31 dead, Trump said: “On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks.”
  • Following suit, other Republicans seem to be wavering on stronger gun control legislation.
  • Republican Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson said that “a background checks measure based on the bill written by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and a national red flag bill are both unlikely to pass.”
  • Johnson said he “was open to GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bill that would establish a red flag grant program, but said the Senate would need to attach to those grants very strict guidelines in terms of due process.”
  • Johnson said: “I really don’t see the dynamic having really changed there much. I don’t anticipate we’re going to pass a federal red flag law. There are a lot of downsides to passing more legislation that doesn’t do anything positive.”

Reference Links

  • The Hill: Trump seems to backtrack on gun control, warns of ‘slippery slope’ READ
  • Politico: Republicans start to sour on gun control laws after Trump’s reversal READ
  • USA TODAY: Donald Trump appears to back away from supporting stricter gun background checks READ
  • MSNBC: Trump retreats on background checks, says mental health is to blame for gun violence WATCH

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  1. A minimum of 250 MILLION Innocents and Powerless were NOT MURDERED by the man with a gun, in the last century. They were SYSTEMATICALLY MURDERED by so-called Elected “LEADERS” saying they had “Noble Intent” and “Good Will”, who began to see themselves as gods after they CONFISCATED the “Arms” of the People, then having TOTAL POWER to do as they willed, choosing who would live and who would die. They began with CENSORSHIP and SURVEILLANCE of the People, INVADING their PRIVACY, then progressing to the Denigration and Weaponization of WORDS, SPEECH and RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. They used POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and PROPAGANDA to destroy TRUTH and JUSTICE, Infiltrating into the Education Systems to INDOCRINATE the children. They then created FALSE ATTACKS to institute the removal of the basic RIGHTS of the People. They Demonized certain groups of People, and pitted “Differences” against each other – DIVIDING THE PEOPLE. These “LEADERS” did exactly what the DEMOCRAT PARTY, RINO’s, Mainstream Banker Media, FBI, CIA, NSA, FIVE EYES, etc. are doing today, and have done in the past 30-50 years within our Govt., and other Govts. around the world, to destroy them and mold them into their own scheme. SAME Program – SAME Results. SAME EVIL SATANIC ORIGIN.
    They now have a NEW TACTIC whereby they create MYRIAD LAWS to make everyone a Criminal, to remove their Rights of Self Defense. Then they change Laws that make it all right for them to LIE to the American People, as if this is some “Noble” act. ALL Liars are CRIMINALS and ENEMIES of the People that they SERVE. The People are not their SUBJECTS who serve them, which is what they now think and try to make the People believe.
    People are defeated when they turn from the Law of their God, or are manipulated to do so. Then Evil can take hold, Destroying and Corrupting the entire Society. It is called the “Demoralization of Mankind”. It is exactly what is being orchestrated in America today.
    Same as it ever was. Yet, as Generations come and go, the new are unaware of what has been, unto their demise. But even then, the powerful machine created by evil, somehow convinces People that up is down, and left is right. All having to do with turning their back on God, who would otherwise protect them and lead them to truth and discernment, for which they would not eventually be MURDERED en masse by so-called Good Willed “LEADERS”.

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