by Countable | 2.28.18
In response to the Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead, President Donald Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss school safety and gun-control legislation.
"We can’t wait and play games and nothing gets done," Trump said as he opened the session with 17 House and Senate lawmakers. “We want to stop the problems.”
The president told the room: "I'm the biggest fan of the Second Amendment, many of you are [but] we've got to stop this nonsense, it's time."
Trump warned against attaching concealed carry reciprocity to a bill to improve background checks. "If you add concealed carry (reciprocity) to this, you'll never get it passed," the president said. "We want to get something done."
Trump said "we need to do something about the mentally ill not being able to buy a gun." He added that legislation may need to include a provision to "take the guns away immediately" if necessary.
Trump said the Parkland shooter should have had his guns taken away earlier, regardless of the law: "I like taking the guns early…Take the guns first, go through due process second."
The president repeated his criticism of gun-free zones, saying: "You've gotta have defense, too."
Trump accused Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) of being "afraid of the NRA." Later in the meeting, Trump broadened his criticism, saying some lawmakers in the meeting were “petrified” of the NRA. “They have great power over you people,” Trump said. “They have less power over me.”
The president said he’d ban bump stocks by executive order.
Trump reiterated his concerns about violent video games and internet content. "The video games, the movies, the Internet stuff, it's so violent," he said, telling the room that he looks "at some of the things” his son Barron Trump is watching “and I say, how is that possible?”
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djt is a liar who constantly contradicts himself. He has ZERO credibility. He rolled back the executive order banning the mentally ill from buying guns. He took millions from the NRA and benefitted from millions more in NRA attack ads. He pushes MORE guns by arming teachers. How absurd.
I would like my congressman John Katko, to turn himself in to the authorities and plead guilty to political corruption, for taking NRA money to fund his re-election campaign. He has over one million dollars from groups who will want favors in return.
Say NO to concealed carry reciprocity. Ban bump stocks. AR 15’s only belong in the military Raise age limits to purchase any weapon. Improvement and constant monitoring of background checks. Waiting period before guns can be purchased. No guns to the mentally ill and those who have abused animals and other people as well as more money to try and help these people. I agree that there needs to be studies done on violent video games. Also, and not least, campaign finance laws need to be strengthened. Big money, such as the NRA, need to be stopped from making BIG donations and asking for BIG favors. This is why our country is going to Hell . The impact of corporate and BIG money in politics: Political connections are forged and American values are lost.
No concealed carry reciprocity! A concealed carry license should be difficult to get, require proven marksmanship skills, be required to be renewed and only given under special circumstances. Stricter states should have their laws respected.
Looks like Donnie is feeling the heat and trying to change the narrative. Let’s see if he follows up this time.
I am NOT a fan of Trump ... nor do I believe he means much of what he says... BUT I have to applaud... HE NAILED the GOP! THEY are, in his words “petrified” of the NRA! YOU Senators Barasso & Enzi... and Congresswoman Cheney have the opportunity to really do something to help keep school children safe... NO ONE is asking you to do away with the 2nd Amendment... just asking you to devise a way to keep guns out of criminal, insane and terrorist hands that doesn’t eliminate law-abiding citizens rights. TOO LONG has the NRA HELD their FOOT to HOLD the DOOR SHUT to SOLVING MASS SHOOTINGS by their REFUSAL to give a single fraction of an inch... THOSE DAYS ARE OVER... if they or you won’t help then get out of the way...
Meeting is just a big theatrics game by trump. Congress must listen to we the people! Ban assault weapons. 100% background checks - no loopholes. Register and insure every firearm the way we do with automobiles.
Thank you for supporting reasonable gun control and for knowing that taking war weapons out of the hands of potential murderers is far from violating the Second Amendment, my spectacular Senators and Representative. The solution to gun violence is not more guns–ever. In Japan I never feared being shot as the people were unarmed. When Australia confiscated guns, the murder rate plummeted. As you know, the second amendment was written to provide a militia to protect our country from invasion in the time when muskets took minutes to load from one shot to the next. This was not intended for every person with macho pretensions to concealed -carry weapons of war. No civilian needs automatics Intended to kill the maximum number of people. More mentally ill people are murdered than ever kill – this is a distraction. How much exposure to violent images affects our children is reasonable to study, but not instead of gun control now, the NRA preference.
From another user "The most pro-active President on gun reform in history and I have no doubt Libtards will still say it’s not enough." He repealed gun control for mentally ill and that is a fact...
It’s all BS until assault rifles are taken off market and deemed illegal to own!!!!!!
The Liberal Media is politicizing this latest tragedy and blaming the NRA when they had nothing to do with it. It was the failures of our Government and Police forces for not taking any action on anything!
If you cannot applaud Trump for anything because you disagree with him on most things than you are not progressive. Progress happens with compromise and diplomacy. Despite Trump and others not taking action in the past, those who support gun reform ought to show receptiveness and gratitude to Trump’s current thoughts. Who cares why, if he is responding to sentiments and actually does something then that is a step in the right direction.
Reality show government. There was a meeting on the healthcare bill with a promise to sign whatever congress could come up with, which nothing. Then there was a meeting about DACA with a promise to keep faith with the Dreamers - which promptly was back tracked on. Now we have this meeting to do something “strong” on gun control. Three strikes and your out in baseball. This is the third time for this Administration to actually do something. Can’t help but wonder if this will be a single base hit, a home run or a strikeout.
Who knew #45 would ever seem to do something I appreciate? His bellicose bullying is not attractive and his criticism of others in the face of his emoluments, continued business profits while in office, his corrupt and lying appointees including his family members, his probable Russian connections are all still there, but this moment’s supporting reasonable steps toward preventing daily slaughter of American children and adults with war weapons s appreciated and applauded. Who knew he was capable of ever doing the right thing? Thank you Mark DeSaulnier, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris for your brave, ethical, important stance on reasonable gun control taking war weapons off the streets.
Giving up any constitutional right because of fear is never a good idea. Letting teenagers dictate policy is also a bad idea. This is a school safety issue! There are many things that can be done to harden our schools other than give up our rights to self defense. Just watching all the politicized fear mongering it is a wonder anything ever gets done. Stop piggy backing bills. Make ever bill stand or fall on its own merits. Highly restrict ALL lobbying and donations. ACT on any perceived threat to a school. Raise age limits for purchasing to 21. Require background checks for all purchases. However, banning semi-automatic weapons is ridiculous. Stop even considering it. Act on non-constitutional fixes. Stop letting this be a polarized “all or nothing” discussion!
Ban assault weapons and bump stocks.
If proven marksmanship is required then many police officers would be disqualified. Why does it take take so many shots to bring down an unarmed man?
Let me ask a question. If you were going to shoot people would you walk in to do this horrible act if you knew that there were guns waiting on the other side of the door? So why are you trying to take the rights of law abiding citizens away to defend themselves and 2nd Amendment? I can tell you that unless I had a death wish, that would be the very last thing I would do knowing that there were guns aimed at me just waiting.
We do not need armed teachers! You all know for a FACT that soldiers and policemen have to shoot more than once to bring a gunman down. And still get killed in the process at times. Talk to the tech companies- I am sure that they can come up with something to insure safety at our schools. And quit taking money from the NRA. And Mr. Gianforte- please don't write me a letter - telling me you are for the gun rights instead of funding the schools with mental counseling and better pay - plus putting in metal detectors and many other options. I would pay more in taxes for protecting our schools instead of that DANG WALL!
Hint to Congress: The solution is multilayered and will most likely be a three to five pronged solution. I highly suggest, given the overwhelming evidence of your collective lack of critical thinking and problem solving, that you obtain a copy of: 'The Handbook of SMART School Teams' AND BOTH READ IT AND APPLY IT. 🥁PS To those who believe gun ownership is an 'unalienable right' please consult the Declaration of Independence because from this side of the looking glass, our current lack of gun legislation would appear to be more at odds with our unalienable rights listed -ie life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness- than in alignment with it. In fact, it wasn't until 2008 that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the 2nd Amendment application to a private citizen's rights -District of Columbia v. Heller. #TheSpinWontWin