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The White House Gun Control Trial Balloon Meets A Swift and Ignominious End

The White House Gun Control Trial Balloon Meets A Swift and Ignominious End


A lot of us have been more than a little uneasy over hints that President Trump may be succumbing to the “do something” impulse in response to recent shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Odessa-Midland. This is always the worst reason to do anything. There is no conceivable gun regulation, short of mandatory confiscation, that would have prevented any to those shootings. The weakness of the background check and, by inference, red flag laws was demonstrated in Odessa-Midland where the shooter was barred from firearm ownership over mental health issues and was able to purchase one from a criminal. It would seem that the unifying theory of criminal behavior, that is, that criminals commit crimes, was in full force.

Nevertheless, Senate Democrats coming up with three new gun control proposals and Mitch McConnell dumping the decision on how to proceed directly in Trump’s lap gave me the queasy feeling that Trump was about to try to trade away sure base votes for the chimera of pleasing suburban women (we’ve been trying to do that since George H. W. Bush and “soccer moms” and how’s it working out for us?).

That seemed to be about to happen today.

The White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) have met with multiple Republican senators and congressmen to shop legislation on expanding background checks consistent with the Manchin-Toomey bill, sources familiar with the effort told the Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller obtained a copy of an idea sheet circulating among Republican members, which indicates that the legislation in question would expand background checks to include all commercially advertised unlicensed sales.

Here’s the whole thing.

Idea Sheet from WH and DOJ … by The Daily Caller on Scribd

This bill seems to have effectively shut down all private, non-family sales of firearms unless a background check was accomplished…this is the Holy Grail of closing the “gun show loophole” the left has been caterwauling about for years. Despite the language of the underlying Manchin-Toomey bill, this clearly opens the way for a national gun registry and what that will ultimately mean.

When the White House was asked they disavowed that this was the plan

And, for whatever reason, it appears Manchin and Toomey aren’t on board with the White House talking paper

And the NRA is about to go nuts

What we’re looking at, it seems, is a trial balloon that didn’t go over all that well

For right now, this effort seems to be dead. I suspect that once the White House political operation gets a taste of just how negative the reaction among base voters is, that this idea will stay dead. Until the next time when we must DO SOMETHING.

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