Trump may not realize that every “compromise” on gun control is regarded by NRA members (Robert Gore is a proud NRA member) as erosion of the right to self-defense enshrined in the Second Amendment and another baby step towards confiscation. There are no compromises of fundamental rights. Trump has no bargaining chips in what’s laughingly called the gun control “debate.” If he didn’t realize that before, he’s about to find out, and NRA support provided far more than his margin of victory in 2016. From Adam Gabbattt and Lois Beckett at theguardian.com:
Trump embraced raising the age limit on purchasing certain weapons and confiscating people’s guns before going through due process
NRA members have branded Donald Trump’s plans for stricter gun control legislation “stupid” and a “betrayal” after the president suggested reforms on Wednesday.
In an open meeting with congressional Democrats and Republicans, Trump embraced raising the age limit on purchasing certain weapons and suggested that law enforcement should be allowed to confiscate people’s guns before going through due process in a court.
Joe Biggs, an Austin, Texas-based NRA member and chief executive of Rogue Right, a conservative news website, was among those unimpressed by the proposal.
“That’s the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Hopefully he was just having a momentary brain fart, a lapse of judgment,” Biggs said.
He added: “Hopefully someone pulled him into the back and said: ‘You’ve just lost half your base by saying something that stupid.’”
During the meeting Trump called for a “beautiful” bill which would expand background checks on gun purchases and restrict young people from purchasing certain weapons. But it was his suggestion that in some cases law enforcement should be allowed to “take the guns first, go through due process second” – that most alarmed gun owners on the right.
“You spend your whole life on the right and you always think that Democrats are going to be the ones who take your guns,” Biggs said.
“And then you hear President Trump say: ‘Oh we’re gonna take your guns and go through due process later.’” Biggs said he would vote for another candidate in the 2020 presidential election if Trump pushed through his reforms.
Dave Kopel, a benefactor member of the NRA – the highest level of membership – was also scathing .
“It is not exactly shocking when he betrays the people who elected him,” he said.
Kopel is a research director at the Independence Institute, a libertarian thinktank based in Denver, Colorado.
While he said he could not speak for all 5 million NRA members, he surmised that “the vast majority will be appalled”.
“Every word of it was a betrayal,” he said.
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