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NAT’L – OPINION – Trump caves on guns again — and why that might actually be a good thing

This may sound perverse, but I’m sort of glad that Donald Trump has done the traditional cave on gun-safety legislation. It took him a little more than two weeks after El Paso and Dayton to strongly suggest that he was no longer interested in strengthening background checks — noting that “people don’t realize we have very strong background checks right now” — or pursuing a federal red flag law, even though he has deeply endorsed the premise that mental health is the issue in mass shootings, not easy access to assault-style rifles and large-capacity magazines. After all, Trump said he was “very, very concerned with the Second Amendment, more so than most presidents would be.” But apparently he’s not quite as concerned about gun violence as, say, the previous president was. It’s pure Trump. As we have seen repeatedly, Trump will react to a horrendous shooting — say, by a white nationalist who would drive 10 hours to kill random Latinos in El Paso — by saying something must be done. He then talks to NRA leaders, who inform him that nothing must be done. And, voila, nothing is done, even though the Dayton shooter was able to kill nine people in under 30 seconds. The Atlantic just reported that Trump was all ready to give a big Rose Garden speech on gun control before his talks with the NRA, and that he called Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday to tell him universal background checks are off the table.  [full article]

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