Skip to comments.Prospects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer
Posted on 09/16/2019 6:24:54 PM PDT by robowombat
TheHill.com Prospects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer BY ALEXANDER BOLTON - 09/16/19 06:54 PM EDT
Prospects for a bipartisan deal on gun control legislation have dimmed significantly as President Trump and Democratic leaders appear to be far apart on the key issue of expanding background checks.
Republicans expect Trump to put forward a proposal addressing gun violence later this week, but Democrats predict it is likely to fall far short of what is needed and that they may not vote for it.
Democrats are pressing Trump to agree to a gun control bill already approved by the House, but the president has yet to even signal support for a scaled-down background check bill sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
I dont think anyone thinks hes going to endorse the Toomey bill, which is weaker than the House bill, said a senior Democratic aide, expressing growing doubt on Capitol Hill that Trump will strike a bipartisan deal.
As a result, the likelihood that Congress will fail to take action on gun violence a month after a new spate of shootings across the country appears to be growing.
Republicans say the political momentum within their party to expand background checks suffered a blow last week when Democratic presidential candidate Beto ORourke declared, hell yes, were going to take your AR-15s, your AK-47s at Thursdays primary debate.
It was a big moment for ORourkes campaign, but it underscored long-standing arguments from gun rights proponents that Democratic efforts on gun control are really aimed at the confiscation of firearms.
This rhetoric undermines and hurts bipartisan efforts to actually make progress on commonsense gun safety efforts, like expanding background checks, Toomey, who has been at the center of Senate negotiations, warned Friday.
Its still possible the two parties could agree on some lower-hanging measures.
White House officials last week floated the idea of a new smartphone app that would be connected to the National
Instant Criminal Background Check System, which could be used to conduct background checks for sales between individuals who are not licensed dealers.
But it will be difficult for Democrats to agree to that proposal if it is a high watermark of what can be accepted by Republicans.
Manchin dismissed the idea of the smartphone app.
The apps crazy, totally crazy, he said, arguing that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System works well as it is. We have something thats not broken, and they want to fix it and throw something at it. To throw that into a bill would be wrong.
Similarly, Democrats are signaling that just passing red flag legislation that would empower law enforcement officials to confiscate firearms from people judged to be dangerous is not enough.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued on the Senate floor Monday that without an expansion of background check requirements, even a person who had his or her firearm confiscated by the police could immediately purchase another one from an individual who is not a federally licensed dealer.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a key negotiator who has had discussions with Trump on gun control, told reporters that the president needed to give them an affirmative sign by the end of last week in order to keep momentum from dying in Congress.
My worry is that the forces inside the White House that are representing the gun lobby may be prevailing, Murphy told reporters Monday. I think thats a shame.
They told us we would hear back by Thursday and we didnt hear anything on Thursday or Friday or Saturday or Sunday, he added. Silence is probably indicative that theyre not willing to move.
Manchin also sounded a pessimistic note.
I havent heard back from their staff, said Manchin, who panned the idea of creating a new smartphone app to conduct background checks.
Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said Monday afternoon that Trump is still reviewing his options, and a senior Republican aide said the White House is expected to present a plan to GOP leaders later this week.
I think theyre looking at that and a whole range of issues, but I dont think theyve come to any conclusions,
Thune, who met with Trump last week, said when asked about the prospect of the president endorsing expanded background checks.
Still, as more days pass without progress, gun control advocates in the Senate are growing increasingly pessimistic.
Its typical of the president and his statements on controversial issues. Hes on the side of the American people until hes on the side of the special interest, said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.).
Conservatives are already warning the White House and GOP leaders of a backlash from gun rights advocates if Trump endorses a proposal to expand background checks to all online and gun show sales, as envisioned by the Manchin-Toomey bill.
If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights, that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned last week, referring to the liberal Massachusetts senator, who is running for president.
A senior Republican aide on Monday expressed skepticism that Trump will endorse legislation that would significantly expand background checks, such as the Manchin-Toomey bill or the universal background check measure passed by the House in February.
In a call on Sunday with Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Trump made no commitment on the House bill, according to two officials familiar with the call.
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I believe that’s the president’s intent, as it should be.
Get ready for some more shootings.
Your supporters oppose gun control. Which of the thousands of gun control laws currently on the books do you propose to REPEAL?
Bipartisanship is when the Evil Party and the Stupid Party get together and do something that is both evil and stupid.
I hope our president steers clear of such foolishness.
aka....a weekend in Chicago....
The Democrats have only one objective with “background checks”, it is to build a database of who has the guns, and who is purchasing them. All this is a prerequisite to confiscation at some future time.
Criminals, of course, would be missed this dragnet almost entirely, as they obtain guns by extralegal channels, which do not much include any kind of applications to a state or federal agency, and are always either cash-and-carry or the five-finger discount (flat out STEALING the gun).
I still stand by the alternative, which is to fully educate EVERY American on the duties and responsibilities of handling weapons safely and within the bounds of the law. By widespread exposure to the whole culture of gun possession, it would become relatively obvious those persons who are so deathly afraid of guns they could never be induced to handle them, and those who are of such warped moral fiber that they must never be ALLOWED to come into possession of the array of weapons out there, and not just guns, but or every other kind of device which can inflict harm or death on another.
The remainder, which would be far the largest part of those exposed to information about guns of all kinds, would then be free to engage in further training and education in the care, feeding, grooming, safety requirements, and the skills necessary to select targets judiciously, to frame, aim, and with respectable accuracy, direct fire at the chosen target.
“red flag laws not enough”
That’s a “red” flag itself.
It’s no use trying to appease international socialists. They’ll increase our cotton picking quotas too.
Id say it feels about like 1859 these days.
The next shootings will be easier because Do Something failed this time.
We need to broadcast far and wide that places with gun laws invite criminals. Those cities with the strongest gun laws have the worst crime - check it out. That statement is undeniable. Spread it.
in red states no doubt
If we took the dem controlled cities out of America; we would have one of the safest nations on the planet. Don't be fooled into thinking this about guns; it's not. It has always been about control. The control freak politicians know they can't control us as long as we are legally armed as we should be.
America doubles in population every 50-60 years. So does the number of nut cases. Stopping illegal immigration is one the best things we can do to make America safer and more honest in general. Slow the growth rate in America before we are nothing more than one big ugly Detroit or other dem slum city.
No to all of it. It is all unacceptable!
What did I tell all the pearl-clutchers? This is Trump’s modus operandi.
1) “We need to strengthen red flag laws.”
2) Two weeks later. “We are looking at a number of things.”
3) “Of course we’re not going to do anything ridiculous like that.”
He has done this now on several occasions with guns and with certain foreign policy issues.
“Bipartisanship is when the Evil Party and the Stupid Party get together and do something that is both evil and stupid.”
Post of the day!
Taxman Bravo Zulu!
I want Trump to ban ALL guns...
...from movies and TV!
Imagine the squawking from Hollywood!
Beto spilled the beans last week. It’s all about confiscation and not one Dem on that platform disagreed.
Sen. Coonskin tut-tutted him for committing a tactical blunder but that was it. They ALL want confiscation because gun control is ALL about disarming & punishing their political opponents.
Yeah, someone here said they’ll just whistle up another mass shooting. There’s a pattern and that’s not conspiracy stuff.
PDJT is our shield against collectivist tyranny. The more they hate him, the more they hate all of us who voted for him.
Trump is just dragging along until time goes by and nothing gets passed.
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