Whew. That was a close one. For a minute there, it looked as though we had lost President Trump.
At least that’s the attitude of the nation’s most staunch Second Amendment supporters, who were taken aback just days ago as the Commander in Chief began to push heavily toward enhancing background checks and “red flag” laws that would give the government the ability to determine what behavior constitutes grounds for the suspension of someone’s right to bear arms.
Now, however, it appears that the President is softening his stance, which is good news for freedom advocates.
On August 5, 2019, Trump floated the idea of “strong background checks,” saying, “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”
On August 7, 2019, the Associated Press quoted Trump saying: “There’s a great appetite, and I mean a very strong appetite, for background checks. And I think we can bring up background checks like we’ve never had before.”
But Politico reports that over the weekend Trump appeared to back off his background checks push. A reporter asked him about the gun control push and Trump said, “I’m not saying anything. I’m saying Congress is going to be reporting back to me with ideas. And they’ll come in from Democrats and Republicans. And I’ll look at it very strongly. But just remember, we already have a lot of background checks.”
Trump also said, “I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem. I don’t want them to forget that, because it is. It’s a mental health problem.”
The President has also recently noted that it’s “not the gun that pulls the trigger.
Concerns over “red flag” laws may still exist, however – something that voters will likely take into consideration come next November.
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