During his bipartisan meeting with Republican and Democratic members of Congress, President Donald Trump made some comments about gun control that have concerned some conservatives.
Here’s one of the troubling parts.
“President Trump… voiced support for confiscating guns from certain individuals deemed to be dangerous, even if it violates due process rights,” reported The Hill.
“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” the president declared while discussing gun policy with Vice President Pence and other leaders.
Here is the line that is particularly alarming. “Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump stated.
Now, obviously, that’s problematic.
It’s possible he was talking about certain exigent circumstances that already allow police to move without having to wait for a warrant, such as in the interests of the officer’s safety, child in imminent danger or certain exigent circumstances.
But the wording is troubling for conservatives and 2nd Amendment supporters.
It takes a few hours to get a warrant and go through the proper due process. Now perhaps Trump is unaware of that or concerned about cases where there have been government failures to act properly and respond. But then the problem is the government’s lack of proper action, not the law.
As one saw in the Parkland shooting, the government failed at every level. And the answer to that is not to give government more power when they’re not exercising the power they already have correctly. The answer is not fewer checks and balances. The answer is to improve their response and hold them accountable.
Here’s another portion where Trump talks about raising the age to 21 and jokes that the Republican senators are “afraid of the NRA.”
From Free Beacon:
“You have a case right now where somebody can buy a handgun at 21,” Trump said. “Now this is not a popular thing to say in terms of the NRA … You can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18. I think it’s something you have to think about.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) asked Trump if he would sign such a bill, and Trump said he would give it “a lot of consideration.”
“The people in this room pretty much are going to decide, but I would give very serious thought to it,” Trump said. “I can say that the NRA is opposed to it, and I’m a fan of the NRA. No bigger fan. I’m a big fan of the NRA. These are great people. These are great patriots. They love our country, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything.”
Toomey said the age limit question is not addressed in the bill.
“You know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA, right?” Trump said, laughing.
“A lot of people are afraid of that issue, raising the age for that weapon to 21,” Trump said.
This appears to be blaming the weapon, the age and the NRA, however jokingly, all in one, which is pretty much the position the media and liberals have been pushing.
Now Trump has a tendency to do that in meetings to try to come to a deal, to lay out the opposition to see where one can come to a consensus. But again, troubling if that’s a reflection of his true thought on the issue.
Part of the problem with the whole meeting is entertaining gun control as ‘part of the solution’ when the real solution lies elsewhere, with looking at mental illness, government and school response, and security in schools.
Finally, Trump also suggested that he would issue an executive order to ban bump stocks.
Today President Trump said he plans to prohibit bump stocks by executive order, notwithstanding the lack of legal authority to impose such an administrative ban. “We can do that with an executive order,” Trump told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). “I’m going to write the bump stock, essentially, write it out. So you won’t have to worry about bump stock[s]. Shortly that will be gone.”
Bump stocks can help increase the rate of fire of a rifle like the AR-15. One was used during the Las Vegas shooting, the first usage in a mass shooting.
While even the NRA and some conservatives seem okay with the concept of banning bump stocks, it shouldn’t be done by executive fiat, it should have to go through Congress, otherwise, it’s operating without legal authority.
Because if you can eliminate the bump stock by executive order, then what stops you from eliminating anything else?
Not a good process to start.
Trump sees an issue and wants to resolve it. That’s a good thing. But you can’t resolve it by trampling the Constitution or due process. You just create greater problems.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]