Donald Trump has stated that he’ll abolish gun-free zones in schools and military bases on his first day in office. Considering that all but two mass public shooting since 1950 have occurred in zones that turned out to be gun-free in name only, the only question is, why not get rid of all gun free zones?
There is however, one form of gun control that Donald Trump DOES want, and it should shut up anyone asking how we’ll keep the hands of guns out of terrorists.
Donald Trump and Senate Democrats may have something in common in the terrorism debate: they both want to block suspected terrorists from acquiring guns.
Asked in November on ABC’s This Week if people on an FBI terror watch list should be allowed to buy a gun, Trump responded, “If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state and we know it’s an enemy of state, I would keep them away, absolutely.”
Reached by phone on Monday, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee still holds that position. “I don’t think it’s changed,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything contrary to it.”
However, Trump does not back the legislative solution offered by the Senate Democrats’ amendment, saying that such cases were already covered by the law. In the same November interview, Trump said he’s a “big, big, really big proponent of the Second Amendment” and “if people are on a watch list or people are sick, you have already—this is already covered in the legislation that we already have.” In fact, current federal law allows people on the FBI watch list to buy a gun.
Trump’s hesitation to support gun rights for those flagged for potential terror links appears contrary to Senate Republicans, who cited due-process concerns in rejecting the measure in December. Forty-four Democrats and Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois voted for it; the only Democrat who opposed it was Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, was not on any list when he purchased the weapons for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured at a gay nightclub. But he was on a list in 2013, until the FBI completed an investigation into his potential ties to terrorists, according to director James Comey. No alerts were triggered when Mateen purchased the weapons, Comey added.
This isn’t a foolproof solution. There are still plenty of Americans on the no-fly-list who have no ties to terrorism, for instance. Additionally, we currently have a state department that dropped the investigation into Mateen’s mosque because it “unfairly singled out Muslims.”
This sort of gun control measure may be viable – just not with liberals in charge.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]