President Trump surprised many when he broke with the NRA during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday. POTUS largely appeared to side with Democrats on the need for gun reform.
"[The NRA] has great power. They have great power over you people. They have less power over me. I don't need it. What do I need? But I'll tell you, they are well-meaning...We have to do what is right," the president said.
Trump during school safety discussion with bipartisan lawmakers:— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 28, 2018
"[The NRA] has great power. They have great power over you people. They have less power over me. I don't need it. What do I need? But I'll tell you, they are well-meaning ... We have to do what is right" pic.twitter.com/wLV0TNV4Yf
Trump even voiced his desire to confiscate guns from those who are mentally ill, without due process first.
"Take the guns first. Go through due process second. I like taking the guns early," POTUS declared.
“He’s not a legal scholar,” North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis told The Weekly Standard. "I know you heard the words. I just don't believe in my heart of hearts that's exactly what he meant."
So the President just committed to support universal background checks, protective orders, and raising the age for rifle purchases. If he's the deal maker he says he is, he only has to get a few Republican votes to make it all happen.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 28, 2018
President Trump also appeared supportive of raising the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon [from 18 to 21], eliminating the sale of bump stocks, and restrictions on ownership for domestic abusers.
Glad to see @realDonaldTrump so supportive of raising the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21. @SenFeinstein and I just introduced a bipartisan bill to do just that. Let's bring it up for a vote and get it to his desk without delay. https://t.co/3wT4kTHqzc pic.twitter.com/msAK6KWbBg— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 28, 2018
Has any conservative org been more aggressively supportive of Trump than the NRA? Yet today he:— David French (@DavidAFrench) February 28, 2018
-Seemed open to assault weapons ban;
-Scorned concealed-carry reciprocity;
-Mocked Republicans for being afraid of the NRA;
-Advocated seizure of weapons without due process
Some conservative legislators have taken digs at the president since the meeting, including Senator Ben Sasse, who released the following statement:
"Strong leaders don't automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them. We have the Second Amendment and due process of law for a reason. We're not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn't like them."
this @BenSasse statement on the White House meeting on guns is an on the record, profanity-free version of what many GOP aides have been e-mailing/texting in the last few hours: pic.twitter.com/g2r5RnltVV— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) February 28, 2018
GOP Senate aide tells me after Trump meeting: “It feels very much like nobody briefed the President before this meeting, which ended up being a grab-bag of Democrat priorities, instead of an effort to bring people together on proposals that actually have momentum."— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) February 28, 2018
So, if I'm understanding this meeting right, Trump supports adding universal background checks to Fix NICS but not concealed carry reciprocity. If that's true it's a big win for democrats and gun control activists.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 28, 2018
Oh. Dear. Gods.— Crewman #Six 🖖🏻 #KidsNotGuns (@SnowBiAuthor) February 28, 2018
No matter your opinion on guns, the complete disregard for due process displayed here should concern EVERYONE.#TheResistance
ht to @SarahConnor2017
Trump: 'Take the guns first, go through due process second' https://t.co/otIQVRxaFF
So Trump said he wants to "take the guns first" from dangerous people, like Cruz, who shouldn't have guns, and really shouldn't even be on the streets. and people are upset about this? If you're not a mentally deranged person, with a 10 page rap sheet, you're in the clear.— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) February 28, 2018
OMG #MAGA, here's what Trump said to Republicans about gun control today:— John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) March 1, 2018
“Take the guns first, then do the due process later!”
It's on TV in front of camera and reporters. Even liberals and democrats don't believe in that.
Your only hope is that he was lying again.
Folks, we saw this with DACA & healthcare. Trump knows the cameras are on, he’s meeting with all sides, letting everyone speak, but he is not abandoning us on guns.— Mike (@mike_Zollo) February 28, 2018
We’ve seen this time and time again, Trump brings the democrats in and plays the hell out them each & every time.
GOP: Obama's going to take your guns!— Sheri Bentsen🌊 (@SheriBentsen) March 1, 2018
Obama: I'm not going to take your guns.
GOP: Hillary's going to take your guns!
Hillary: I'm not going to take your guns.
GOP: Trump's not going to take your guns!
Trump: Take the guns first, due process later.
Trump: “Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"— YS (@NYinLA2121) March 1, 2018
Trump: “Take the guns first, then go through due process second”
18 Days apart.
Dispensing with due process means the govt can take what it wants from you- your property or your freedom- and it does not have to justify WHY. The fact Trump would say that we should dispense with due process- take people's guns now, ask questions later- should be impeachable.— Loretta the Prole🇺🇸🇬🇧🇮🇪🏴🏴🇨🇭🏴 (@lorettatheprole) March 1, 2018
Tonight at 11/10c, Trump handles a meeting with lawmakers about guns like a drunk uncle at a wedding. pic.twitter.com/7aXkAELKkI— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 1, 2018
In a break with the NRA and fellow Republicans, Pres. Trump is now publicly demanding stricter gun control. He met with lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday and told them he'd even support bypassing due process to take guns from the mentally ill https://t.co/KdF6XvKQSi pic.twitter.com/ZJjFlO3t65— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 1, 2018
Concealed carry leads to 15% increase in violent crime, according to research https://t.co/f9Q2mp9Jnr— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 28, 2018
Pres. Trump to VP Pence on gun violence restraining orders: "I like taking the guns early... so we could do exactly what you're saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second." https://t.co/Um6f2f6yVZ pic.twitter.com/iKJlmnwSlu— ABC News (@ABC) March 1, 2018