If you’re forced to give, just remember that at some point you’ll get it back
Politics which often sounds compromising rarely are.
President Trump hates compromise. He prefers deals; those that go his way.
Universal background checks are not what he prefers because he knows that his
debt to the NRA comes with a price: no compromise. Yet to get over the
reelection hump, he’ll have little choice but to buck the trend favored by most
gun owners: no universal background checks.
That all changed (conveniently for gun controllers) in
Odessa, Texas last Saturday and it’s becoming likely that Trump will have no
choice but to cave to the Democrats on at least one cog of the background check
wheel, private sale of guns. What has been somewhat of a tradition of passage,
gun owners have enjoyed trading their guns for somebody else’s guns just
because they could. Need was not an issue. Liking what someone else has that
you don’t was always available for a price.
The Odessa case underlined the danger involved in selling a
legal private gun to somebody you don’t know. Money talks and too often it says
the wrong things. Odessa was the wrong thing. The shooter bought his gun
privately after failing a legal background check conducted by a retailer via
the NICS program. Thus he was sufficiently armed to create havoc and murder,
which he did.
Gun dealers have made an impenetrable position for
themselves with the help of the NSSF, the ATF, the FBI and the choice made long
ago by the NRA to acquiesce to some measure of regulation if only just to look
The announcement yesterday by Walmart to curtail the sale of
some of their ammunition and guns, while cheered as a major victory for the gun
grabbers – it isn’t – provides a benefit to the Mom and Pop gun dealers who
were forced to give up significant sales when the big boxes became the shopping
habit of gun owners due to the massive variety of outdoor products, plus the
carnival of outdoor atmosphere one felt upon entering a huge basketball
Trump isn’t about to interfere with small retailer commerce,
so he’s not likely to propose the universal prescription that would hurt retail
gun commerce. Private gun sales are less politically volatile yet gives
the Dems something to crow about. And they will. It’ll seem like a major
political victory over the NRA and they’ll take that all the way to the
bank via their propaganda media partners.
Concessions in anything competitive is anathema but, in this
case, for gun owners it’s more of just a fall-back position. The bigger prize
awaits November 3, 2020. Keep your eye on it.
This is just a test to see where it goes. This is just a
Bob Rogers is the Editor and Publisher of GunPro Plus, America’s premier daily digital gun news portal. After a successful 20-year career as the Editor for a major magazine in the gun industry, Bob launched GunPro Plus to bring his industry expertise on gun news into the digital realm.
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