Democrats, hoping they could get one over on President Trump in the wake of the school shooting in Florida last month, were incensed this weekend when the White House officially announced the president’s recommendations on gun control legislation.
In a release Sunday night, the White House called for a full audit of the FBI, held back on a recommendation for increasing the minimum age to purchase a rifle, ordered the Justice Department to team up with local law enforcement agencies to provide “rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel,” and asked Congress to shore up problems with the background check system. In another words, a package of (truly) common sense proposals that will take advantage of laws already on the books instead of adding new and useless restrictions to the Second Amendment.
Of COURSE Democrats are livid.
“Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump’s dangerous retreat from his promise,” said anti-gun activist Avery Gardiner.
“When it comes to keeping our families safe, it’s clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are all talk and no action,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).
And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rushed to blame everyone’s favorite bogeyman. “The White House has taken tiny baby steps designed not to upset the NRA, when the gun violence epidemic in this country demands that giant steps be taken,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, conservatives are breathing a sigh of relief, happy that Trump’s offhand comment that he would like to “take the guns first” and worry about due process later will not result in any kind of official policy. Trump also made mention of expanding background checks to private gun sales, but there’s no whiff of that in the final slate of recommendations, either.
As far as Trump’s personal feelings on guns, we definitely get the feeling that he wouldn’t mind going a little further than he went here. Not sure we’d say he has a “liberal” view of gun control, but we’re not sure he lines up with the NRA, either. He does, however, recognize that this is an issue where he cannot afford to piss off his base, and that may be good enough to keep him in line. And hey, for all we know, he was just throwing stuff against the wall to get a reaction. He likes to do that sometimes.
In the end, we’re sure that Democrats will come up with some meaningless bill that won’t even come up for a vote. Maybe we’ll even get lucky and watch them pull another “sit-in” stunt on the House floor. Perhaps they’ll invite David Hogg to join them; the dude certainly doesn’t miss a chance to get his face on TV. But overall, it seems the fog of confusion from our latest national tragedy is abating and we’re going to move forward as a nation once again, our heads held high and our spirit unbroken. And, because we have the right people in Washington, we didn’t let one crazed kid in Parkland do any lasting damage to our rights. Let’s keep it that way.