President Trump Has Not Finalized a Decision on Guns
William Barr is “quietly” circulating a proposal to the Senate that proposes expanding background checks for firearms purchases
Not everyone in the Senate has seen it, but those who have including Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (a proponent of those expansions), describe it as “an idea that has a lot of merit and is a very thoughtful contribution to this whole conversation.”
“This whole conversation” is the idea of expanding backgound checks and red flag laws.
Note that while the AG is circulating his thoughtful proposal, no one is saying for a second that the President is supporting it.
President Trump, after all, has already walked back his original position on background checks, saying he’s not certain they would do anything to curb violence. And he has promised to veto a House bill extending background checks to private sales between individuals.
North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer says he’s not been briefed, but would certainly prefer something “more modest” than expanding background checks. “Back home,” he told reporters, “when you start talking about more background checks, they just bristle.”
Other Senators are doing their best to straddle the line, saying that gun rights backers might best be served by “some expansion” on background checks. Otherwise, they say “nothing will be done to combat gun violence.”
Nothing they’re proposing is likely to do anything, either, because criminals don’t care about rules they don’t plan to follow. Terrorists, regardless of their domestic or imported status, are even less concerned, and crazies are completely out of touch with everyone.
But it seems our “elected officials” have once again decided that another layer of paint will hold up the leaning barn. Or at least get them through the next election cycle
Alan Gottlieb, of the Second Amendment Foundation, assures us that “Trump has still not finalized anything.” Should we breathe that collective sigh of relief?
“The devil’s in the details,” he said, “and we have not seen the details yet. I expect the White House to support something on background checks and emergency protection orders.”
“My hope,” he continued, “is it includes fixing the NICS database so the vast majority of delays and denials are no longer false positives and give gun owners more due process protections.”
He’s right. No one quibbles with accurate information keeping someone who’s no longer legally entitled to firearms or a legitimate menace to others from getting guns. But anyone who has experienced the interminable delays in correction of erroneous information realizes the NICS system has issues.
Alan M. Gottlieb is Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He is also the author or co-author of numerous books including Dancing In Blood: Exposing the Gun Lobby to Destroy Your Rights, Politically Correct Guns, The Gun Rights Fact Book, The Gun Grabbers, Things You Can Do to Defend Your Gun Rights, Gun Rights Affirmed and Black and Blue. He is also co-author (with Dave Workman) of Shooting Blanks: The Democrats War Against Guns, America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age, These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War On Guns, Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns and Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Control Crowd. Alan has published articles in the San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and USA Today. Mr. Gottlieb has appeared on over 6,000 TV and radio talk shows, including Lou Dobbs, ABC’s 20/20, The O’Reilly Show, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN’s Crossfire, CBS Morning News, Laura Ingraham Show, BBC, NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America and China TV.