“Take The Guns First” – Trump Breaks With Republicans Over Gun-Control Plan

“Take The Guns First” – Trump Breaks With Republicans Over Gun-Control Plan

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President Trump told a group of lawmakers that they must do something to keep guns away from mentally ill individuals – even if that means raising the minimum age for rifle ownership to 21, Bloomberg reports.

His remarks appeared to contradict a CNN report from earlier in the week, which quoted anonymous White House aides saying Trump would soon walk back his support for raising the age limit.

But on Wednesday, in a surprise break with his Republican Congressional allies, Trump reportedly told lawmakers that easing gun owners’ ability to carry concealed weapons across state lines, a provision of the House-passed gun bill and the NRA’s top legislative priority, should be part of a separate bill. Per Bloomberg, this is a strategy favored by Democrats. The House bill combining background check provisions with the loosening of concealed carry rules has stalled in the Senate after passing the House. Instead, Trump said he supports the proposal from Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., which he says is best positioned to pass. Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed that the Manchin-Toomey bill is a “good place to start.”

President Trump: “I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

Trump predicted his plan would pass with broad support, suggesting that he plans to win over a sizable chunk of the Democratic caucus.

Trump told his audience that raising the ownership age is “something you have to think about,” Trump said. He added that “people don’t bring it up” because the NRA opposes the policy. Trump had initially claimed that he would convince the NRA to go along with it.

As the Hill pointed out, he also said he supports confiscating guns from mentally ill individuals, a position vociferously opposed by Republicans.

“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” Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence.

Take the guns first, go through due process second” Trump said.

He also said mentally ill people shouldn’t have guns.

A lot of people are saying ‘oh you shouldn’t be saying that” Trump said. “But I don’t want mentally ill people having guns.

To be sure, states don’t need to enact the exact same restrictions, Trump said. But “what does have to be the same is the background checks and all of the data.”

Per Reuters, Trump urged lawmakers to pass a comprehensive gun control bill as the national conversation surrounding gun control – a conversation that was triggered by a shooting at Marjory Douglas Tillman High School in Parkland Fla. The shooting left 14 students and 3 faculty dead, and more than a dozen injured.

Rebutting accusations that he is beholden to the NRA, Trump added that gun lovers have less power over him than lawmakers.

Earlier today, Dick’s Sporting Goods said it is “going to take a stand” and announced it would permanently ban sales of the AR-15 – the rifle used by Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz and several other mass shooters – from its stores.

The meeting with lawmakers was his fourth “free-flowing gun policy discussion” since the Valentine’s Day massacre in Florida, according to Reuters.

“We’re going to come up with some ideas,” Trump said.


“Hopefully we can put those ideas in a very bipartisan bill. It would be so beautiful to have one bill that everybody can support, as opposed to – you know – 15 bills, everybody’s got their own bill.”

Seven senators and representatives were invited to Wednesday’s session. The group included Democrats and Republicans who, according to Reuters, have diverse views on gun control.

Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who have proposed legislation to fix holes in the background check system for gun buyers, and their Democratic co-sponsors.

Trump also said he back Cornyn’s bill while urging senators to add more items to the bill to make it more comprehensive.

via www.zerohedge.com


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    Irene Grooms 7 months


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      President Trump should have never made that remark, I don’t think that this person (the shooter) had a mental condition, he knew exactly what he was planning. This person was just PURE EVIL, and there are a lot of evil people in this world. Seems all of our politicians are getting side tracked, new laws will not stop this problem, we already have laws on the books that are not being enforced. The only way to protect our children in school and all of our citizens is to fight fire with fire. There is no reason why we have soft targets (gun free zones). We must set up some precautions to prevent this from happening again. We must increase trained security for these soft targets. What will happen if you raise the minimum age of 21 to purchase a firearm, what will happen to our military, I was drafted at 19 and was issued a select fire M14 rifle, will this change the age for people joining the military ?

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        Like we have in most all buildings, Fire Sensing, alarm & fire equipment stations. Why not add Gunfire Sensing Stations & attack smart Drones,Controlled by a Master Computer with backup, (WiFi Type system). The Computer is programmed to pinpoint the source of gunfire & direct the nearest Drones to attack the Heat & sound source of the Gunfire. The Drones attack can be lethal or non lethal depending upon the type of weapons sensed by the attacking Drones & passed on to the Master Computer. Think Outside The BOX to Design the System.

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      Old Sarge 7 months

      He should have made that clear. Right now a lot of people think he is caving.

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        Trump is more anti-gun than Obama. Trump has shown his true colors with the statement I like taking guns first.He should already know mentally ill can’t own a firearm thru the current Nics check.He also said he thought more of what lawmakers think than gun owners!
        That was enough for me to pull all my support from Trump. Let’s see him win in 2020 without gun owners support! Trump has turned out to be nothing but another polition liar!!! Dump Trump is now my Moto.

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    Geo 7 months

    We need a universal background check system on purchases and sales of firearms. USA wide with no execptions.

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    e need to be careful on the idea odtaking gun because the dem o rats will try to say at any thing thats why we will take them then after his next four more years there will be another pres will be to easy to take thing form us…

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    Cliff 7 months

    If “they” (democommunists) are FINALLY “allowed” to “take” (ban) ONE “GUN” what makes anyone THINK they will NOT keep pushing for the next, and the next, and the next, until they finally get “their way” and get them ALL (like feinstein wants) to turn us all into HELPLESS SHEEPLES ripe for SLAUGHTER any time the “deep state” TYRANNICAL “government operators” wish to “eliminate” us?
    Check your OLD “history books’ on what happened to THOSE MANY “disarmed citizens” whose guns were taken for “safety reasons”

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    The idea to punish the few when there were all kinds of reporting on how sick this kid was but the; police, FBI and the community as a whole did nothing. My sincere sympathy goes out to the families and prayers. But to punish the every law abiding citizens and threats to take our guns. We have the 2nd amendment in the which gives me the right to own and bare arms, I am 20 minutes to the closes police officers to respond. Don’t I have a right to protect myself and my family. Trump does this I will not vote for him again.

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