Trump Says NRA’s ‘Strong Views’ On Background Checks Are Being Heard
President Donald Trump said Friday that he is making sure NRA’s strong views on background checks are being represented in legislative discussions.
Trump sent out an early tweet to say that the NRA‘s views are being considered during ongoing discussions with House and Senate leadership on gun background checks, but reiterated that guns should not be in the wrong hands.
“Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people,” Trump said in the tweet.
The gun-rights group has been consulting with Trump since shortly after the mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that killed 31 people, according to The Hill.
Trump addressed the nation Monday, where he called for gun reforms including early warning gun confiscation and mental health background considerations to block access to firearms.
The NRA initially released remarks supporting Trump, but issued a longer statement by tweet Thursday to clarify issues they have with Trump’s proposals, including questions about background checks.
“It is not enough anymore to simply say that ‘we need more background checks,’” they said.
“Considering both suspects in El Paso and Dayton passed them, that is rhetoric for billionaire activists and campaign rallies – not a call for constructive progress,” the statement added.
Trump’s tweet Friday may help reassure the pro-gun part of his voting base that their views are being heard, since some had responded unfavorably to his address Monday.
“I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” Trump’s tweet concluded.
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I’ve not heard details regarding precisely what will be “strengthened” but if it includes social media and judgement based on what one thinks and says, it will precipitate widespread opposition. Owners will stop speaking on the subject and markets will go underground. Sales temporarily will plummet while the community of firearms owners wait for the Supreme Court ruling. It could restore normalcy or alienate half the nation, perhaps sowing seeds of revolution.
Democrats and weak minded Republicans are victims of the bum’s rush. They’ve been hoodwinked by Bloomberg’s rhetoric and haven’t read his 2018 data. It reveals gun homicides declined seven percent, firearm injuries declined 10 percent, fatal child shootings (under 18) declined 12 percent and unintentional shootings plummeted 21 percent. Generally, since 1991, the murder rate has fallen by 45 percent and the overall violent crime rate has fallen by 48 percent.
Additionally, shooting incidents involving students have been declining since the ’90s. During that time, citizens were buying a record number of firearms. In 2018, more than 26 million firearms were purchased, a number exceeded only by 27.5 million in 2016 when purchasers were mortified that Hillary might be elected.
The Supreme Court isn’t about to jeopardize its own reputation by reducing the ability of private citizens to defend themselves. It’s especially important because currently, half the nation’s murders occur in only 63 counties while the other half are spread across the other 3,081 counties. Said another way, 15 percent had one murder and 54 percent of the nation’s counties had no murders at all.