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OpinionTrump Retreats, Again, on Guns

13:25  21 august  2019
13:25  21 august  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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WASHINGTON — The top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association claimed late Thursday that President Trump had retreated from his surprising support a day earlier for gun control measures after a meeting with N.R.A. officials and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office.

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President Trump and his followers delight in his image as a disrupter — a dauntless fighter raring to take on entrenched political interests and sacred cows. But when it comes to addressing America’s gun problem, Mr. Trump has proved both conventional and weak. As the shock fades of this month's back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, he is poised to disappoint yet again.

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Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that President Trump is not retreating from his proposed ideas on gun control. Late Thursday, the Justice Department announced what it called "new actions" to boost school safety and fight gun violence but what is mostly a renewed push for federal

Once again , Trump backed down on gun control after talking to the NRA. He continued: "These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence."

On Tuesday, The Atlantic reported that Mr. Trump had assured Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, that he is no longer considering universal background checks. Mr. LaPierre subsequently tweeted praise for Mr. Trump, who he said “supports our right to keep and bear arms.”

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By now, the president’s response to gun violence is familiar: In the first raw days after a mass shooting, he answers the public outcry with a pledge to muscle timid lawmakers into action. Following the Parkland shooting last year, Mr. Trump started a brief, high-profile push for “comprehensive” reform, hosting a televised meeting with a bipartisan coterie of lawmakers in which he publicly mocked members of his party for being “afraid of the N.R.A.” and touted his independence from the gun lobby. “They have great power over you people,” he said. “They have less power over me.”

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Trump zeros in on mental health, supports background checks to fight gun violence “These people are mentally ill,” Trump said of mass shooters, “and nobody talks about that.” Mental illness is a frequent talking point among Republican lawmakers when dealing with gun violence, to the consternation of their Democratic counterparts, who argue that the United States’ unique, widespread access to guns is to blame. Critics of the idea that mental illness leads to gun violence also argue that it stigmatizes mental illness and reinforces the unproven idea that mental health correlates with violence.

Mr. Trump ’s turnaround is the latest example of the president ultimately capitulating to the views of 3 and 4. White House officials insisted that Mr. Trump would shift back again toward supporting more After the shooting, Mr. Trump expressed support for universal background checks, keeping guns

Trump is the most powerful man on the planet, a billionaire (we are told) or at least millionaire and head of a major national party. He’s tough, a winner, a dealmaker — and weirdly is always a victim like his poor bedraggled advisers. Trump is both the perpetual victor and victim, which for any rational person

Well, unless you count the $30 million the N.R.A. donated to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, making the group his largest single contributor. But why quibble? For whatever reason, Mr. Trump soon abandoned his safety effort.

In response to this month’s shootings, Mr. Trump promptly vowed to pursue “background checks like we’ve never had before,” noting, correctly, that “there is a great appetite” for closing existing loopholes. (More than 90 percent of all voters support universal background checks.) Asserting that he enjoys “greater influence now over the Senate and over the House,” he expressed confidence that, this time, he could persuade lawmakers “to do things they don’t want to do.” He boasted, “There’s never been a president like President Trump.”

Even as Mr. Trump was touting his specialness, the N.R.A. was whispering in his ear, warning of the political Armageddon that would befall him if he crossed Second Amendment enthusiasts, even on something with such broad support as background checks. In recent weeks, the president has had multiple phone conversations with Mr. LaPierre, including while the president was on vacation at his New Jersey golf resort last week.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle Association, bowing to the gun group and embracing its agenda of armed teachers and incremental improvements to the background check system.

President Donald Trump 's retreat on gun control wasn't a surprise. Trump acknowledged his changed position on increasing the age at which one can purchase a semi-automatic rifle in a pair of tweets Trump ’s retreat on gun control mirrors that of another Florida politician, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

Right on schedule, Mr. Trump’s knees have buckled and his resolute talk has devolved into a series of (slightly garbled) bumper-sticker clichés on the theme of, “It’s people who pull the trigger, not the gun that pulls the trigger.” On his way back to Washington on Sunday, he stressed that he was “very, very concerned with the Second Amendment, more so than most presidents,” and he helpfully offered, “People don’t realize we have very strong background checks right now.” Leaning on one of the gun lobby’s favorite talking points, he said that this is “a very, very big mental health problem.”

Yes, it is — if you consider chronic political cowardice to be a mental health problem.

Now would be a particularly pathetic moment for Mr. Trump to capitulate. For all its vaunted political clout, the N.R.A. is in crisisembroiled in legal troubles, rent by leadership squabbles and flirting with financial ruin. The president has privately voiced doubts that the group will be in a position to be a serious player in the 2020 election. What better time for him to exert his independence — to set himself apart from the political wimps?

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Trump Is Already Backing Away From Doing Anything About Guns After a brief window during which he seemed interested in doing something serious to curb mass shootings, he has retreated to NRA talking points.

President Trump backed further away from calls for stricter background checks for gun purchasers and emphasized mental illness instead as a prominent factor in “I’ve said a 100 times, it’s not the gun that pulls the trigger, it’s the person that pulls the trigger. These people are sick,” Mr. Trump told reporters

“But after discussions with gun rights advocates during his two-week working vacation in Bedminster, N.J. — including talks with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association — Mr. Trump ’s resolve appears to have substantially softened

Some White House aides have insisted that Mr. Trump is not waffling, that this is all part of a grand negotiating strategy and that he will, in fact, renew his legislative push when Congress returns from recess next month. Others have acknowledged that the president, not known for his long attention span, has lost patience and interest in the entire topic. As one told The Daily Beast, “He’s started to moved on.”

If the president retreats, again, gun safety advocates cannot be surprised. As the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, observed of Mr. Trump’s cooling, “We’ve seen this movie before.

Americans have indeed seen this tragedy far too many times — and are on track to see it many more. Mr. Trump was spot on with his observation that Republican lawmakers are terrified of the gun lobby, to the point of consistently prioritizing its desires over those of their voters, not to mention the good of the nation. The big question now is whether the president has what it takes to show leadership. For anything meaningful to get done, he will need to stop equivocating and flip-flopping and make clear that he expects lawmakers to meet the moment — or else.

It would be a welcome surprise if this version of the movie had a twist ending with Mr. Trump emerging as the brave hero facing down the extremist forces aligned against modest, popular reform.

Schumer assails Trump's 'heartbreaking' apparent reversal on background checks

Schumer assails Trump's 'heartbreaking' apparent reversal on background checks "These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence," Schumer says.

‘I think he knows that the mood of the country has shifted,’ Connecticut senator Chris Murphy said.

To the Editor: Re “ Trump Retreats From Promises on Gun Control” (front page, March 13): In the days after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, a month ago, President Trump announced to the world that if he had been there

But the viewing public probably shouldn’t hold its breath.

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