Trump, GOP Delay Taking Action To Prevent Gun Violence
March 6, 2018
In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Trump and Republicans have done nothing to prevent another tragedy like this from happening again. Each day that passes without meaningful reforms, it becomes even more clear that they’d rather listen to the NRA than the thousands of students across the country speaking out for common-sense gun reform.
Trump continues to delay action on gun control.
CNN: “White House continues to delay gun proposals amid uncertainty”
In fact, Trump is moving in the opposite direction and has even delayed new gun-safety measures.
NBC News: “In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting, President Donald Trump vowed to use his executive authority to enact gun control through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But over the past year, the ATF has been moving in the opposite direction, delaying new gun-safety rules that the Obama administration had been developing.”
Republicans in Congress are using Trump’s failure to lead on guns as an excuse not to take any meaningful action.
The Hill: “Republican lawmakers are waiting out President Trump in the gun control debate, counting on him to change his mind or lose interest in the ambitious proposals he endorsed Wednesday that have little support in the Senate and House GOP conferences.”
Washington Post: “Heading into a new week, lawmakers still have no sense of what Trump truly wants on guns and other key agenda items — a pattern that leaders of both parties say has hindered their ability to move forward on knotty issues that could benefit from presidential leadership.”
Senate Republicans have also delayed taking action.
Associated Press: “Amid the confusion, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shelved the gun debate for now, saying the Senate will turn next week to other measures.”
And House Republicans are barely putting in an effort to pass meaningful reforms.
Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller: “Kevin McCarthy announces the House will have a vote next week on a bill to provide $50 million annually for training and programs to prevent school violence. Is this—is this their gun response?”
The Hill: “Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants to focus on law enforcement mistakes before even discussing legislation. The bottom line is there is little impetus among Republicans on Capitol Hill to vote on gun control legislation anytime soon, if they do so at all.”