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Congressional Republicans Won’t Debate Gun Control Bills Without President Trump’s Approval

Gabriella Hoffman
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Congress is set to potentially debate firearms starting this week. It comes in wake of the El Paso, Dayton, and Odessa mass shootings that happened during August recess.

Democrats are keen on passing bills containing universal background checks, red flag laws, and so-called “assault weapons” bans. Their Republican colleagues have said none of these proposals would have prevented or stopped recent mass shootings.

Senator Mitch McConnell said unless President Trump endorses any proposals, they won’t be heard on the Senate floor. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) recently said on Meet the Press, “The president needs to step up here and set some guidelines for what he would do.”

At a campaign rally in New Hampshire last month, President Trump appeared to walk back on calls for red flag laws and duplicitous background checks and instead, endorsed mental health reform.

Trump said, “We are working very hard to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of insane people and those who are mentally sick and shouldn’t have guns.”

“But people have to remember, however, that there is a mental illness problem that has to be dealt with. It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger, it’s the person holding the gun,” he added.

In particular, Democrats want the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 to be heard and deliberated in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Both versions of the bill, if passed, would ban AR-15’s and most semi-automatic rifles.

They tell us it’s time to “do something” yet all their proposals would do little to curb mass shootings or gun violence. If given a mandate and if they secure enough Republican votes, they could succeed in mass gun confiscation—a once preposterous but now possible unconstitutional effort.

While recent polling found that most Americans are in support of some form of gun control measures—the methodology and phrasing of questions should be questioned, though—a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found that less than 25 percent of Americans think Congress will act on gun control within the next year.

Politicians, gun control activists, and members of the press would like you to believe every gun is an “assault weapon.” In fact, any firearm they dislike—whether it’s an AR-15 today or a 9 mm handgun tomorrow—will be labeled an “assault weapon” if they had their way.

It must be repeated: Guns aren’t the problem; those who pull the trigger are. Let’s focus on that and not strip millions of law-abiding gun owners their rights, as they aren’t responsible for these heinous crimes in the first place

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