In the wake of the Florida school shooting, liberal pundits are calling for extreme bans on gun ownership. Now, it looks like the beginning of the end for our Second Amendment after President Donald Trump made a stunning announcement, leaving many wondering, “Is he about to cave?”
Most of you know the facts. Stricter gun control has never prevented violence. In fact, the cities with the tightest gun control laws suffer the most. Criminals do not follow gun laws and, thanks to “gun-free” zones, are able to kill without fear.
Yet, in the aftermath of this recent shooting, outlets like CNN have pushed for extreme gun control. They are even advocating for a complete ban on all firearms. It’s clear they are manipulating this attack and the emotions of many Americans to push their toxic agenda.
Now, some wonder if President Trump is caving to gun control demands. In a recent tweet, he called for stronger requirements for gun ownership, including an age limit, denying young American adults their constitutional right. This latest announcement has gun owners outraged and people questioning what’s next.
“I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!” Donald Trump tweeted.
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
This comes as a surprise after President Trump’s initial reaction to the Parkland shooting. In his address to the nation, Trump focused on comforting the victims and addressing the real causes of mass shootings. He especially focused on mental health and rebuilding our communities, and not once did he mention guns.
Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.
Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. [Source: Buzzfeed]
His latest statement comes after he met with families of the victims from Florida. While some in attendance recommended better solutions — like arming teachers with concealed firearms — the President still floated these much more liberal-sounding ideas.
During the almost two-hour session, Trump left the floor open for suggestions to prevent school shootings. One parent floated the idea of concealed-carry for teachers—an idea the president discussed at length with support, noting the administration would look “very strongly” at the option. His Thursday morning tweets seemed to double down on his earlier comments, even as he criticized media coverage. [Source: Fox News]
Let’s look at the President’s recent statement. Background checks are already in place. People with criminal records cannot legally purchase firearms. We also have long waiting periods and other hurdles that law-abiding citizens must endure. “Mental health” checks won’t do much, as not everyone with mental health problems has those issues documented.
You also have to consider how gun sellers will be able to access health records in order to sell guns. Does that mean the government will compile a database on every American’s mental health? How is that going to happen, unless the government violates our privacy? After all, your health is supposed to stay between you and your doctor.
What about people who had mental health issues in the past, like depression or other problems, but are free and clear today? That blight on their record might deny them access to firearms for the rest of their life. Their rights will be infringed, and they will be much less safe. Knowing this, it might actually discourage some from seeking help.
Why should teenagers, with no desires to do harm, be punished because of Nikolas Cruz? There are plenty of Americans under the age of 21 who safely use firearms. Most people learn about gun safety as children. To deny them access to guns is a clear attempt by liberals to prevent future generations from arming themselves. Furthermore, isn’t it a bit hypocritical to say 18-year-old men are able to be sent off to war but can’t be trusted with a firearm? So, why would Trump suggest that?
And, we all know about bump stocks. These devices do not turn firearms into “automatic weapons.” Even the Obama administration reviewed them and determined they did not need to be banned. In fact, under certain circumstances, they are a useful aid for people with disabilities. Banning them means many Americans will be denied the basic right to self-defense.
It’s clear all the recommendations in Trump’s recent tweet are terrible. They will not prevent mass shootings. They will only deny Americans access to firearms. The only things that will prevent future deaths in schools are armed security and law enforcement that actually responds to tips.
Nikolas Cruz would have never been able to kill those people had the FBI done their job. And, if a few teachers were armed at Parkland, the death toll would have been null. Perhaps President Trump knows these suggestions won’t be enough for Democrats and this is all a bluff as part of the “art of the deal.” If not, hopefully, Trump and the GOP will come to their senses before the Second Amendment is destroyed for good.