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President Trump Says No To Universal Background Checks

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Donald Trump Jr., from left, President Donal Trump, Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum and NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, right, stand on stage at the NRA meeting in Dallas, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump unsettled some on the right by seeming to endorse so-called “universal background checks” for gun purchases.

President Trump traveled to hospitals in Texas and Ohio Wednesday to console victims recovering from mass shootings that left 31 dead, and he pledged to advance gun control legislation, declaring himself “all in favor” of expanded background checks.

Mr. Trump told reporters earlier in the day that he is working with congressional leaders in both parties on legislation focusing on more background checks for firearms purchases.

“There is a great appetite for background checks,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “I’m looking to do background checks. I think background checks are important.”

This is pretty much what he said after the Parkland shooting (details on that are in Bonchie’s CNN’s S.E. Cupp Shows Us That Those Screaming the Loudest About Conservative “Principles” Rarely Have Any). And we all know what became of that. Be that as it may, there were calls of “betrayal” and vows to not vote for him in 2020.

By last, Trump had started to back away from the idea. The first hint was in the Wall Street Journal:

While the president is vacationing at his golf course in New Jersey, White House officials began meeting this week with congressional staff in a bid to find areas of compromise.

“It’s very simple: There’s nobody that is more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, ” Mr. Trump told reporters Tuesday before departing for a speech in Pennsylvania. “But I don’t want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac, and I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that.”

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son who often speaks with his father about his views on gun laws, has raised concerns about both red-flag legislation and about tightening background checks, according to people familiar with the matter.

This was mocked in the failing group blog, Salon, but the one thing we know for certain about Trump’s decisionmaking process is that he trusts very, very few people and the few he does trust have enormous influence.

By yesterday morning, the Washington Post was reporting that background checks didn’t seem all that likely, in fact the article is sort of a monument to invective masquerading as reporting:

On Monday, Democratic leaders said they viewed Trump’s shifting posture as a sign that he was never serious about leading a push to tighten gun laws.

“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence.”

And by last night, the Post headline read Trump tells NRA chief that universal background checks are off the table.

President Trump talked Tuesday with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre and assured him that universal background checks were off the table, according to several people familiar with the call.

Trump told LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, including the possibility of backing so-called “red flag” laws that would allow the police to temporarily confiscate guns from people who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others.

Nonetheless, the president’s conversation with LaPierre, which was first reported by the Atlantic, further reduced hopes that major new gun-safety measures will be enacted after the latest round of mass shootings.

My prediction is that the Red Flag law that is being discussed either goes nowhere either because the more we learn about how they work the scarier they become.

There are a couple of big lessons here.

President Trump has an annoying and often counterproductive habit of thinking out loud. One should not mistake what he says in any non-teleprompter moment as an indication of what he will end up doing.

While Trump has manifest weaknesses, one he doesn’t have, and one which ran riot inside the Bush White House, is a willingness to sell out his supporters to try to curry favor with people who will always hate him. If, at any time, he here’s that siren song of bipartisan agreement on commonsense gun laws, Donald Trump, Jr., will be there to pull him back to reality.

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NRA Stays True to Its Principles and Members and Opposes Enhanced Background Checks and Red Flag Law

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, has he arrives to speak to the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 

As I mentioned a few days ago, the shootings in El Paso and the mostly forgotten shootings in Dayton (which will go down as Antifa’s first but not last mass murder) are stampeding political Washington into doing something. Doing something for the sake of doing something is one of the most natural and stupid reactions to political risk. Usually doing nothing is much less damaging. In this case, the legislative proposals being pimped as the way to prevent mass shootings are expanding background checks for sale of weapons to personal sales and a federal so-called red flag law which gives the police the power to confiscate your weapons until you can prove to a judge that you are not dangerous.

The irony is that neither of these laws would do jack-sh** to prevent either of the shootings last weekend. The weapons were legal. They were legally purchased. Background checks were conducted. Neither of the shooters exhibited any behavior that resulted in them being reported to law enforcement as a danger to themselves or anyone else (despite AP’s deeply dishonest story from yesterday). None had any history of run-ins with law enforcement. As far as I can tell, neither were suspended or expelled from high school for behavioral issues. The Dayton shooter had some strange fixations but that, fortunately, does not give authorities to deprive people of liberty or property. In short, these laws are the epitome of the empty gesture.

Red flag laws, in particular, are pernicious. They not only set up a system where the police are incentivized to act on bullsh** complaints and judges have the incentive to take seriously otherwise bullsh** evidence to confiscate guns. Most troubling, they encourage persons with mental health issues to NOT seek treatment because of the inevitability of ending up in Big Brother’s database. And they are not actually effective at preventing the actions they are being passed to prevent:

This is one of those situations where President Trump’s lack of a firm set of guiding principles is giving a lot of us the jitters. He seems to have gotten a bit spooked by the shootings in a campaign season and is trying to “do something” to convince suburban voters he’s not a wild man.

My gut feeling is that Trump’s campaign will tell him the folly of selling out gun owners and gun rights in hopes of getting positive press…because it is folly and the narrative has already been set that Nancy Pelosi is the driving force behind any legislation.

There are three factors which I think give us a lot of hope that nothing happens here. Four factors if you include an electorate and Congress that has the attention span of a Jack Russell terrier with ADHD.

First, Chuck Schumer is going to sandbag any legislation that doesn’t include enhanced background checks. During the last panic over guns, Schumer realized it was more lucrative to kill gun control bills and fundraise on the failure to pass them than to actually pass a law. I doubt that he’s changed very much.

Mitch McConnell says he’s not going to act on it until the fall…which means never (see my Jack Russell analogy). McConnell is not going to lead the GOP into an election by passing gun control laws.

And the NRA says no.

The NRA is weaker than it has been in years but it is still potent enough that it has to be dealt with by any GOP president.

Ultimately, this will die under its own weight. If it doesn’t, Trump is going to find that he just made his reelection campaign a lot harder.

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The Dayton Shooting Is About To Be Memory Holed and That Tells You All You Need To Know About Mass Shootings

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Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On Saturday, in the space of about 14 hours, the nation experienced two mass shootings. One, at a WalMart in El Paso, TX, claimed 20 lives and injured 26. The second, in a nightclub district in Dayton, OH, resulted in 9 dead and 27 wounded. Superficially, the two shootings were fairly similar. In reality, we’re going to hear about El Paso for some time and people will probably have forgotten about Dayton by next Friday just as no one is talking about the shooting in Gilroy, CA, or the slaughter in a government office building in Virginia Beach that left 12 dead. Why would that be?

To understand the gun control debate that erupts around these shootings you have to understand that the gun control people don’t really care about bodies dropping. If they did, they’d have an office in Southside Chicago or West Baltimore or East St. Louis and be holding “take back the night” candlelight vigils with Alyssa Milano as keynote speaker. They aren’t there, despite plenty of dead people, for a good reason. These people only care about a narrative that will help push a gun confiscation agenda.

The narrative is helped with a killer uses an illegally obtained firearm…something that is remarkably rare…but the real narrative is always about race and about politics. So, when DeWayne Antonio Craddock killed a dozen co-workers in Virginia Beach, that story disappeared. Fast. Even though that story had a lot of threads that would have been useful to anyone really interested in preventing mass shootings. For instance, the shooter had a history of physical altercations with co-workers and was the subject of pending disciplinary action. But Mr. Craddock was not white and he didn’t have any political viewpoints that were out of sync with the left. As a result, the media lost interest in that shooting before Mr. Craddock reached room temperature.

Let’s look at the Gilroy shooting. We got of to a rip roaring start there with a lot of Twitter numbnuts declaring him to be a white supremacist and a Trump supporter. Just picking this example out of a slew of offerings by people who are to stupid to go to the toilet unassisted:

The actual situation is a lot more ambivalent. The book they refer to, “Might Makes Right,” it basically a knockoff of or sequel to Friedrich Nietzsche’s “superman” bullsh**. Legan harps on his Iranian heritage. He does make disparaging comments about “mestizos” but he also includes “Silicon Valley twats” along with them. The FBI issued a statement saying he read a lot of political works from the left and right. No narrative, no interest. The story disappears.

This brings us up to Saturday.

Initially, Twitter was full of people claiming that he was a white supremacist and had been at Trump’s Cincinnati rally. Then the facts began to trickle in. Registered Democrat. Favors gun control. Fan of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Hates law enforcement. Antifa booster. Called the moron who tried to blow up the Tacoma ICE facility a “martyr.” Satanist. Had created a “murder” and a “rape” list in high school and populated it with names of classmates. Boom. He’s gone.

Fat little Tater who pretends to do media criticism for CNN, manages to give one passing mention to Dayton in his online newsletter, it is essentially a shrug and “meh.’

Don’t be fooled. Absolutely nothing you’re going to read on the El Paso shooting has diddly-squat or jack-sh** to do with preventing mass shootings. The entire argument is about labeling the shooter a white supremacist and then trying to attach that label to anyone who the media doesn’t like (Beto and Mayor Booty were at it over the weekend) because they oppose banning firearms (again, don’t fool yourself, the agenda is to ban and confiscate firearms and has nothing to do with “commonsense” laws of which we have thousands). If the killer has inconvenient skincolor or politics, the shootings serve no purpose and the gun-grabbers and their media fluffers move on. The Patrick Crusius character fits into this narrative. Connor Betts doesn’t. So El Paso will be harped on and no more will be said about Dayton than about an average weekend in Chicago.

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Jake Tapper Is Stunned That No Actual Republicans Will Come On His Show To Be Objects Of Hate

Yesterday, in the space of some 14 hours, some 29 people were killed and another 60 or so wounded in a pair of mass shootings. The first occurred at a WalMart in El Paso, TX, where a 21-year-old man using some form of AK-47 knockoff killed 20 people. The second took place in a night club district in Dayton, OH. Jake Tapper is devoting an extended version of his State of the Union show to that today because his show sucks and he’ll do just about anything to try to make it relevant. He’s having a problem:

It is really hard to imagine what kind of lack of introspection would allow him to even mention this.

Really.

After the HateFest Tapper organized after the Parkland shooting where he held Senator Marco Rubio and then NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch up to public ridicule…and said noting about the odious actions of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. In fact, he allowed Israel to berate both Rubio and Loesch despite it being know to Tapper at the time that Israel’s lackies had visited the home of the shooter no less than 39 times and taken no action.

Of course, they aren’t going on Tapper’s show. His ratings stink, his network is an arm of the Democrat party, and Jake Tapper, himself, acted like a thug for the gun control movement after Parkland. (By the way, this feels really good because previously I received an “official warning” for saying bad things about Jake Tapper.) You’d have to be a very special kind of moron to go on his show anytime, but in particular today. The fact that the White House and Gregg Abbott’s administration ignored Tapper gives me hope that we do have people who’ve finally learned how to play this game.

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Beto O’Rourke Assigns Blame for the El Paso Shooting

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Law enforcement work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

There have been two mass shootings in the past 24 hours, one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH. We are still waiting on a lot of details to be made clear. There’s currently a manifesto floating around that hasn’t been confirmed to belong to the first shooter, but regardless, it’s fairly certain what his ideology was.

As always happens after shootings like these, politicians rush to play politics. For many, that takes the form of renewed calls for gun control. What those measures are or how they’d prevent said shootings is almost never made clear. There won’t be any rational conversations taking place over the next few days on possible solutions. Just a lot of painting one’s political opponents as evil.

Beto O’Rourke decided to enter that fray yesterday.

Currently sitting near the bottom of the Democratic field, I suppose Beto felt the need to make headlines. Blaming the President for a mass shooting will do the trick.

I’m in no mood to talk politics this morning, but I’ll just say this. We still don’t even know the full scale of this maniac shooter’s ideology and people are already rushing to blame Trump and all Republicans because that’s what they always do.

This is a one way street of course. When a Bernie supporter shoots up a baseball field, we are quickly assured that accusing Trump of killing people via Obamacare repeal had nothing to do with it. When an Islamic jihadist kills 49 people at a nightclub, he’s described as a “lone wolf” and we are told it’s insensitive and insulting to expect condemnations from Muslims. When an Antifa member tries to firebomb an ICE facility, the media doesn’t even report on it, much less point out he was using the exact rhetoric Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was spreading.

Yet, when a white supremacist perpetuates an act of evil we can never just blame the shooter and the radical ideology being propagated on garbage sites like 8chan. Instead, everything suddenly broadens into every Republican being responsible, including the President. No Republican, including Trump, has ever called people to shoot up Wal-Marts or bars. Period. The person to blame here is the shooter and a gross ideology.

Beto O’Rourke is not a serious person. To come out and try to make this about himself by ranting for the cameras that the President is a racist who is responsible for this shooting is simply disgusting. It’s standing on the bodies of the dead to try to try to help yourself politically and deserves condemnation.

Everyone needs to take a step back right now.

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Beto O’Rourke Assigns Blame for the El Paso Shooting

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Law enforcement work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

There have been two mass shootings in the past 24 hours, one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH. We are still waiting on a lot of details to be made clear. There’s currently a manifesto floating around that hasn’t been confirmed to belong to the first shooter, but regardless, it’s fairly certain what his ideology was.

As always happens after shootings like these, politicians rush to play politics. For many, that takes the form of renewed calls for gun control. What those measures are or how they’d prevent said shootings is almost never made clear. There won’t be any rational conversations taking place over the next few days on possible solutions. Just a lot of painting one’s political opponents as evil.

Beto O’Rourke decided to enter that fray yesterday.

Currently sitting near the bottom of the Democratic field, I suppose Beto felt the need to make headlines. Blaming the President for a mass shooting will do the trick.

I’m in no mood to talk politics this morning, but I’ll just say this. We still don’t even know the full scale of this maniac shooter’s ideology and people are already rushing to blame Trump and all Republicans because that’s what they always do.

This is a one way street of course. When a Bernie supporter shoots up a baseball field, we are quickly assured that accusing Trump of killing people via Obamacare repeal had nothing to do with it. When an Islamic jihadist kills 49 people at a nightclub, he’s described as a “lone wolf” and we are told it’s insensitive and insulting to expect condemnations from Muslims. When an Antifa member tries to firebomb an ICE facility, the media doesn’t even report on it, much less point out he was using the exact rhetoric Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was spreading.

Yet, when a white supremacist perpetuates an act of evil we can never just blame the shooter and the radical ideology being propagated on garbage sites like 8chan. Instead, everything suddenly broadens into every Republican being responsible, including the President. No Republican, including Trump, has ever called people to shoot up Wal-Marts or bars. Period. The person to blame here is the shooter and a gross ideology.

Beto O’Rourke is not a serious person. To come out and try to make this about himself by ranting for the cameras that the President is a racist who is responsible for this shooting is simply disgusting. It’s standing on the bodies of the dead to try to try to help yourself politically and deserves condemnation.

Everyone needs to take a step back right now.

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Second Mass Shooting In 14 Hours Leaves At Least 9 Dead and 16 Wounded In Dayton

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The details on this are still sketchy. According to news report, last night a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle of some type and wearing body armor opening fire in the Oregon District of Dayton, OH. Police were on the scene and killed the shooter within a very short period of time. Before dying, the shooter managed to kill at least 9 people and wound at least 16. Right now we know nothing about the gunman. That, unsurprisingly, has not kept the antigun nutters from affixing labels and motives to him.

We’ll have more updates as news becomes available.

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