Trump and Gun Control (Round 2)

I tell you what, at least our President makes it interesting. Let me explain, again.

When I wrote on Tuesday of this week about the Florida shooting, I outlined Trump’s stance on the whole Gun Control issue. He called for more guns, less regulation, and the arming of “qualified” teachers all across the United States.

The more I thought about it over the past couple of days, the more it sounded to me like a scripted argument. As I dug into it further and read the headlines, I realized it was an argument coming directly from an organization I referenced and one of President Trump’s biggest supporters, the National Rifle Association (NRA).

For some background, I pulled an excerpt directly from the NRA’s bylaws and their mission statement. It reads, "Inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms."

I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t get too deep into the weeds. Go check out the post from Tuesday, if you’re interested.

Anyways, back to the post for today. Why am I writing about Gun Control again? Well, in true Trump Fashion, not 48 hours after he made his original comments, he took a complete 180 on the issue.

This was a surprise. I’m still, however, not holding my breath.

The new stance of President Trump is plain and simple, Gun Control.

On Wednesday, he seemed to take a step out of the NRA’s pocketbook and offer some solutions that actually made sense and were encouraging. In his statements, Trump called for a “Strong Bill”. He described this bill as something that needed to take a serious stab at tightening up things like background checks to buy weapons. He also proposed raising the legal age to buy a weapon from 18 years old to 21 years old.

That’s a start.

But, will his comments amount to anything? Will Congress be able to come together and build off of these proposals to create Bi-Partisan legislation like we all seem to want? I doubt it.

If it were that easy, things would be changed already. President Obama would have been signing Bills left and right to try and combat this issue and prevent these senseless attacks from happening.

So, while I do appreciate the President’s remarks, I really don’t think they’re enough.

For example, not 24 hours after he made these comments, the front page headline on The New York Times reads: “Senate Republicans Shun Trump’s Gun Control Ideas”.

Wait, remind me, are we talking about a Junior High with a bunch of stubborn teenagers? Or are we talking about the United States Congress?

My point is, we elected these people to have conversations about sensible legislation to make our Country better. Legislation that, in this case, keeps us safe.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for Gun Control or Gun Protection here, I’m simply asking for conversation. When there is an obvious problem like this, a simple conversation on a path forward can be so beneficial. In fact, it could save lives.

Even the President himself is asking for conversation. For once, we shouldn’t blame him.

If nothing comes from this, it will really be too bad. With a President in full support and willing to put everything on the table and stand up against one of his biggest supporters, we may be throwing away one of our best chances to come to compromise and make change.

I really do hope someone, somewhere can start the conversation and put something together that at least attempts to combat this lingering issue. I think we owe it to the victims of the multiple shootings that have happened over the past couple of years.

-BT-

Blake TarmannComment