“We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.“
Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of the Gun Owners of America, an advocacy group based in Virginia said,
“That’s very encouraging that he’s not mounting up with the anti-Second Amendment posse. The response from gun owners will be principally that he didn’t say the kind of things Hillary Clinton would have said had she been president and the way Barack Obama reacted to other situations like this.“
The only gun policy-related law Trump has signed, so far, has been a repeal of the Obama-era rule that made it more difficult for those with mental illnesses to purchase guns. No POTUS has ever had a better bond with gun owners than Trump. He won 62% of their votes in 2016, and promised the NRA in April 2017 that he would,
“Never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
With Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress it seems very unlikely that Congress will act and send Trump any major change to gun laws anytime before the mid-terms.
David Bozell, president of the conservative group For America said,
“I’m confident that the president meant what he said: that he’s not going to pursue a potential solution that’s going to infringe on our constitutional rights. Gun owners like myself, we want the ability to defend our families against bad guys.“
Yesterday Trump signaled again that his focus is on the mental state of shooters, not the weapons they use to commit their crimes. He didn’t mention guns once. Or the fact that HE made it easier for those mentally ill people to get guns
Chris Waltz, president and CEO of AR-15 Gun Owners of America, a company that sells semi-automatic rifles said,
“The fact that the president didn’t talk about rifles today … that was good. He’s been, so far, the most outspoken president on gun issues, as far as supporting the Second Amendment.“
After any mass shooting gun-rights groups get nervous. Many worry that common sense and sympathy for the victims on Capitol Hill or in the administration might start to sink in.
Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights said,
“We’re always concerned after a tragedy that the response will be either poor, misguided or just emotional.“
For years, gun control advocates — mostly Democrats — have tried to enact new stricter gun control measures, and there is more public pressure on Republican lawmakers to after this latest deadly school shooting.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn) who is in favor of tightening gun laws said,
“If you are not working today to try to fix this, to try to stop these shootings, then you’re an accomplice.”
(via NBC News)