Ever since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Dems have ramped up the gun legislation talk.
Trump, at least on the surface, has opened the door and seems to be willing to listen to reasonable legislation to address the issue, a move that many see as a massive shift in Trump’s position on gun control.
New Gun Legislation
Currently, the House has forwarded a bill to the Senate to close “loopholes” in background checks.
While Democrats are demanding Senator McConnell (R-KY) put that legislation on the floor, they want even more.
After the attacks and prior to visiting the shooting locations, Trump stated he would listen to proposals for new gun control legislation.
Trump stated, “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.”
Red Flag Laws
What Trump is referring to is what are known as “red flag” laws. Some Democrat states, such as Baltimore, already have these laws in place. These laws, however, are deemed controversial for several reasons.
First and foremost, you are revoking someone’s rights based on the assumption they are going to do something wrong. If the person is not committed or has done nothing to that point, what is the standard going to be?
Secondly, there is the concern of how these guns are going to be taken away.
Not too long ago, this situation played out in Baltimore, and the man having his guns confiscated ended up being shot and killed by police.
It is a slippery slope, to say the least.
Obviously, Trump is very early on in these discussions, but he will have to be very careful moving forward, as most second amendment enthusiasts believe giving the Democrats even an inch on the issue will result in the complete abolition of our right to bear arms.