The volatile orange in the White House has expressed an interest in grabbing the guns of people who are deemed dangerous. Please enjoy the spectacle of the GOPNRA trying to change his mind without pissing him off while it lasts.
President Trump on Wednesday voiced support for confiscating guns from certain individuals deemed to be dangerous, even if it violates due process rights.
Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that families and local law enforcement should have more tools to report potentially dangerous individuals with weapons.
“Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons,” Pence said.
“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump responded.
You can always do that due process thing later. It’s like a rebate, right?
“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.
The NRA was unamused. And NRA Bellowperson Dana Loesch sent an urgent message to the DOPUS via Fox News.
Echoing a statement released by the NRA, Loesch said the meeting “made for really good TV,” but that some of the ideas discussed would “make for really bad policy that is not going to protect our kids.” She went on to stress to Trump that America “must respect and protect the rights of law-abiding Americans all across the country who right now being punished for the failures of government.”
“I want to be really clear what we’re talking about here,” Loesch said. “We are talking about punishing innocent Americans, stripping from them constitutional rights without due process.”
I’m so old I remember when President Obama was constantly on the verge of seizing everyone’s guns.
After Loesch made a detour to argue against raising the age limit on long gun purchases to 21, host Martha MacCallum steered her guest back to this issue of “due process” raised by Trump during the meeting.
“Well, the NRA is going to, first off, push for action on protecting children,” Loesch said. “But the NRA is also going to protect due process for innocent Americans. And that is an approach that we are going to hold to. Due process must be respected.”
If this had been a taping of one of her NRATV skits, her neck tendons would have been sticking out five feet, and she would have set fire to a copy of the New York Times.
But seconds later, asked by MacCallum if she thinks the NRA and Trump can work something out despite their differences, as the president has repeatedly promised, Loesch hastily downplayed the apparent divide.
“We are in lockstep with the president on protecting children,” Loesch insisted. “We are in total agreement with him on that. But we want to respect due process.”