Thursday, February 22, 2018

tale on Trump's taking on the NRA

Trump went against the NRA this morning with his tweet

I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!

this was an encouraging tweet since he at least indicated an improved background check, an age raise and the end of bump-stocks.     I've seen many people say this is a bit of an empty promise since nobody is really going to rally for bump-stocks and the age raise to 21 is pretty uncontroversial in the same way that the NBA players association was happy to add the one-year NCAA minimum since it doesn't really affect any people presently in the NBA.  The background check improvement is encouraging but until it becomes universal background check including the gun-show loophole (basically any private sale) it's a chomp without much bite.    It also didn't address any kind of assault weapon ban and didn't even mention the word 'gun' so I can see how people are dissapointed

But with all that was missing I see it differently.   We've seen inaction after Las Vegas, after Sandy Hook, after Virginia Tech.. if this is action, even if it's minimal, we have to take it.    We have to start grabbing our country back, even if the steps are incremental. 

And I know this can come across as a victory for Trump.. but really if it keeps the guns out of some people and eliminates bump-stocks, it's a battle I hope he wins.  And actually, I think the chances of a republican passing comprehensive gun reform is much more likely than a democrat, but hoping for Trump to be sensible might be asking a bit too much

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