By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Several politicos and conservative analysts are concerned that, following a weekend of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton — along with several others over the past half-dozen years — that Republicans are getting ready to cave in on new Democrat-favored gun-control measures that include so-called “red flag” laws many believe are unconstitutional violations of due process requirements.
It’s understandable why they might think that. Even President Donald Trump himself has signaled that he is open to discussing such measures following last weekend’s carnage, in which nearly 30 people were killed and twice that many wounded in the two shootings.
VodkaPundit Stephen Green at PJ Media writes:
Time reports that a bipartisan proposal to create a federal grant encouraging the adoption of state-level red flag laws is “gaining momentum” in the Senate. President Trump gave the bill a push on Monday, telling the nation in a prepared address, “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.” GOP co-sponsor Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) said that red flag laws will allow law enforcement to “do something” about potentially dangerous gun owners or would-be buyers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made the Senate the place where Democrat gun control bills from the House go to die, but even he seems at least somewhat open to new legislation. In a statement released earlier this week, McConnell said that “serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work.”
Some Republicans in state legislatures, including Wisconsin, are discussing red flag legislation. In Congress, Illinois GOP congressman and Iraq War vet Adam Kinzinger wrote on Medium he would support such legislation and other measures he says will “keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the dangerously mentally ill, and terrorists, while respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and all Americans.”
Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is working with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin on new legislation they say will “keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the dangerously mentally ill, and terrorists, while respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and all Americans.”
Green notes further that GOP Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley told audience members at a fundraiser on Monday night, “I’m calling on law-abiding gun owners to lead the charge in the effort to keep dangerous individuals from purchasing guns and to expand access to mental health resources.”
And so on.
No doubt that Republicans and the president are getting beat up in the establishment media and by Democrats over these mass shootings. And of course, the same media and the same Democrats are blaming things like the president’s “rhetoric” for the El Paso shooting, though they can’t say the same for the Dayton shooter because he was a manic Democrat who supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential contender.
And no, the media isn’t making the same leap with her ‘rhetoric’ they are making with the president.
Lost in all of this anticipated hoopla are facts like:
— Chicago and Baltimore, Democrat-run cities, experience the equivalent of mass shootings every week and during every weekend;
— No one blamed shootings against police officers on former President Obama’s well-documented anti-police animus;
— There isn’t a law on the books that would stop someone from mass-murdering Americans with something other than a semi-automatic rifle if they chose to do so, and there isn’t going to be.
And no new GOP-backed law, even one that violates constitutional due process like red flag laws do, will stop mass shootings either.
But lost in all of this concern about Republicans “caving” is the irrational expectation that Democrats even want “solutions” to these shootings.
The Donkey Party isn’t interested in fixing this because they believe they get too much good political mileage out of blaming shootings on the GOP and POTUS Trump.
The DACA and immigration/border security issue is another good example. Democrats were all-in with getting DACA recipients a path to citizenship until President Trump and Republicans started negotiating with them about it.
Suddenly, the prospect of getting an issue off the table and even allowing the president to claim some credit for it was unappealing to a party that thrives on hypocrisy.
And as the 2020 elections approach, the last thing Democrats are going to want is to hand POTUS Trump and Republicans a ‘win’ on an issue that truly is of grave concern to a majority of Americans, even if they don’t necessarily agree with the proposed solutions.
Are there going to be new GOP gun control/gun policy proposals once lawmakers return to Washington next month? Probably. Will the president sign any of those bills should they make it to his desk?
He might. But legislation would have to make it to him first.
Based on instinct and past Democratic actions regarding other issues they claim to care about, I don’t believe for a second that the Donkeys aren’t going to help this president or his party solve anything, let alone mass shootings for which they can continue to hammer their political opponents through November 2020.
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