Trump puts conservative base on edge with gun control proposal

Donald Trump just shocked his pro-gun supporters by proposing a bipartisan solution to the problem of mass shootings in the U.S., according to Breitbart. The problem is, “bipartisan” usually means Democrats end up stomping all over the values of conservative voters. 

The desire to do something to address the crisis is understandable, but Trump needs to remember if he approaches gun control in the wrong way he risks alienating — and losing — a large portion of his voters.

Working on a Solution

There really is only one good solution to the mass shooting problem we have. People need to arm themselves and learn how to deal with a shooter.

It may also be necessary to put armed security in major public spaces and at large events. The reality is that try as we might to control psychopaths, we can’t control them all, so we must take the steps required to protect ourselves.

Trump has thankfully acknowledged that more background checks are not the answer. We already have extensive background checks, and it’s up to law enforcement to do their job.

What could be cause for concern is the fact that Trump says he is reaching out to all sides for solutions, opening himself up to some of the loudest anti-gun activists in our government.

Red Flags

It is clear Trump wants to do right and stop these awful shootings. But the road to hell is paved with the best intentions.

Trump has previously advocated red flag laws that are somewhat troubling. Such laws provide that people determined to be a “danger” to the public be stripped of their guns. It’s literal gun-grabbing justified by the state in the name of public safety.

Second Amendment groups have warned Trump against pursuing such action. According to a member of Gun Owners of America (GOA) “Trump will be a one-termer” if he goes this route.

The president needs to understand the precedent this would set in a broader sense. All of our rights would potentially be subject to the state’s determination of what constitutes a threat to society.

Anyone who can’t conceive of why that is an awful idea needs to look at any totalitarian government around the globe. Rights are routinely stripped from citizens in the name of safety under such regimes.

Consider what the Founding Fathers would have thought of such an idea. They went to war over an oppressive government’s attempt to deny their rights. Trump needs to remember his overarching duty — to defend the constitution and serve the American people. Otherwise, he risks losing the 2020 election.

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