Report: Trump takes expanded gun background checks ‘off the table’

Make sure to let us know what you think... we now have comments turned ON below the article!

In the immediate wake of the tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the left issued its typical demands for Congress and even the White House to “do something” to prevent future instances of similar gun violence, and initially, it seemed like President Donald Trump was on board with the effort to try and get something — anything — done.

Trump initially signaled an openness to supporting broadened, “universal” background checks for gun purchases as well as so-called “red flag” laws that allow the preemptive confiscation of firearms from potentially dangerous individuals — but it appears that openness was short-lived, as he has reportedly taken the possible expansion of background checks “off the table.”

Universal background checks “off the table”

The revelation came from The Atlantic, which cited unnamed current and former officials in both the White House and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Despite his earlier expressions of willingness to do something with regard to universal background checks, Trump reportedly cooled on the idea after speaking with the NRA and receiving briefings on the details of multiple recent mass shooting events, none of which would have been prevented by expanded or universal background checks.

That turnabout reportedly led to another phone call with NRA president Wayne LaPierre in which Trump reportedly informed him that universal background checks were “off the table” and no longer under consideration.

“He was cementing his stance that we already have background checks and that he’s not waffling on this anymore,” an unnamed source said to have been briefed on the call explained to The Atlantic. “He doesn’t want to pursue it.”

Focus on mental health, enforcement of existing laws

Instead, the source suggested that Trump wanted to focus on getting more funding appropriated for mental health care, an issue he believes is a driving force behind mass shooting incidents and for state attorneys general and federal U.S. attorneys nationwide to make more of an effort in actually enforcing gun laws already on the books.

That thinking was seemingly expressed by Trump himself while speaking with reporters on Sunday ahead of his return to the White House from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“People don’t realize, we have very strong background checks right now. You go in to buy a gun, you have to sign up. There are a lot of background checks that have been approved over the years, so I’ll have to see what it is,” the president said.

Cautious approach

While anything is possible, it would appear at the moment that President Trump has no appetite to further expand background checks for gun purchases that would do virtually nothing to stop mass shooters and would only infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and prospective purchasers.

To be sure, there will likely be a renewed push on the issue once Congress returns in September from its late summer recess, and it isn’t out of the question that Trump could change his mind again and resume support for a bipartisan bill that expanded or strengthened the current background check laws.

Doing so would likely be a big risk for the president, however, as it would be unlikely to curry him much favor among the liberal media and anti-gun left and would certainly alienate a significant portion of his base of support, so we will all just have to wait and see what, if anything, happens over the next few months.

33 Responses

  1. 565022 800191Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last couple of posts have been kinda boringK I miss your super writings. Past several posts are just just a little bit out of track! come on! 612497

  2. I am the owner of JustCBD Store brand (justcbdstore.com) and I am currently planning to develop my wholesale side of company. It would be great if someone at targetdomain share some guidance 🙂 I considered that the most ideal way to do this would be to talk to vape companies and cbd retailers. I was really hoping if anyone could recommend a trustworthy website where I can purchase CBD Shops B2B Mailing List I am currently taking a look at creativebeartech.com, theeliquidboutique.co.uk and wowitloveithaveit.com. Not exactly sure which one would be the most suitable option and would appreciate any support on this. Or would it be much simpler for me to scrape my own leads? Ideas?

  3. Hi, I do believe your web site might be having browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, wonderful site!

  4. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this blog.

  5. When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers!

  6. You have made some really good points there. I looked on the web for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this web site.

  7. I blog often and I really thank you for your content. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to take a note of your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed too.

  8. Howdy! This blog post could not be written any better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I will send this post to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

  9. A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you should write more about this subject, it may not be a taboo subject but usually people do not discuss these issues. To the next! All the best!!

  10. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking the time and actual effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never manage to get anything done.

  11. I’m amazed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something regarding this.

  12. May I simply just say what a relief to find somebody who truly knows what they’re talking about on the net. You actually realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people really need to read this and understand this side of the story. I can’t believe you’re not more popular given that you certainly have the gift.

  13. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who was conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this topic here on your website.

  14. I blog often and I truly appreciate your content. Your article has really peaked my interest. I’m going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

  15. I was excited to find this site. I want to to thank you for ones time for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every bit of it and I have you saved to fav to check out new stuff in your web site.

  16. I absolutely love your website.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you build this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my own site and would like to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is called. Many thanks!

  17. Spot on with this write-up, I actually think this site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the information!

  18. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who was doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast because I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this issue here on your web site.

  19. Right here is the right site for anybody who would like to understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that’s been written about for a long time. Wonderful stuff, just great!

  20. I simply want to mention I am new to blogging and actually loved this web-site. Probably I’m likely to bookmark your website . You surely come with tremendous articles. Bless you for revealing your web-site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Popular