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On mass shootings and why, for Trump, gun restrictions aren’t part of the solution

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President Donald Trump speaking about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Monday.

It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger.

We don’t have guns that can pull their own triggers.

Wisdom and guidance and comfort to that effect spilled forth from the mouth of the current leader of the free world Monday as he tried to reason with a shaken nation in the aftermath of the two most recent mass shootings. Below is the actual verbatim sentence that came from President Donald Trump as he tried to explain the problem, and what he was going to (not) do about it:

“Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun.”


I don’t mean to be unkind to the poor, dear leader. And I suppose I know I’m committing the cruel sin of quoting him as if his words are supposed to be coherent. He was obviously reading from a teleprompter something that had been written for him, and he’s terrible at that. He does his best talking with his thumbs, on Twitter.

But I think it’s OK to hold the commander in chief responsible for what comes out of his mouth, in an actual public event that he organized to explain his thoughts and feelings to the nation, something written by his staff, for him to say to give his public reaction to the two massacres of innocents.

After all, he hired the staff, and he said what they put on the teleprompter: that guns are not the problem because they do not pull their own triggers. It’s even dumber than the usual version of this bromide, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” which is designed to somehow get us thinking that easy access to guns in our country has nothing to with our country having far more gun killings than occur in countries that don’t have such easy access to guns.

The president did float some (somewhat vague) ideas to address gun violence: Do a better job of finding mass killers before they mass kill, stop “the glorification of violence in our society,” build “a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life,” reform mental health laws to identify and treat those who might turn into mass murderers and reduce access to firearms to those people, and enact a death penalty for mass murderers.

He also came out against gruesome video games, although he didn’t propose to do anything about them. He suggested better efforts to find people with homicidal tendencies and, if necessary, lock them up before they can kill. I’ll be interested to see his forthcoming proposal on this.

He also called for the death penalty for those who commit mass murders. Of course, the Dayton shooter was killed by police fire immediately, while he was still shooting people. The El Paso mass murderer is in custody. Before his massacre, he left a statement about the need to prevent a “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” that some have suggested resembled some of Trump’s rhetoric.

But, to make plain my point, since the gun didn’t pull its own trigger, new restrictions on the availability of guns capable of mass murder are not part of the solution, according to Donald Trump, as of this writing. And, of course, no universal background checks on those seeking to purchase weapons.

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Comments (39)

  1. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/07/2019 - 09:11 am.

    The quintessential hypocrite:

    “The president said the internet provided a “dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds” on Monday, in his first public remarks about the mass shootings that left 22 dead in El Paso, Texas, and another nine dead in Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend.”

    “Trump’s campaign has used the word “invasion” to describe migrants seeking entry at the US-Mexico border in 2,199 Facebook ads since January, according to a Guardian analysis of Facebook’s political ad archive.”

    He is mentally incapable of understanding the conflict here, much less acknowledging it. That he has infected the rest of the GOP is the actual problem.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/07/2019 - 09:33 am.

    Long-time Republican Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, said, “He doesn’t want to ban AK-47s because it is a popular weapon.” This must be the Republican Party line because they all work in lock step to defend the Republican Party line of stupidity. A weapon of war, like the AK-47, should not be available to the public. The GOP says, “They think they are losing the suburbs because of their gun controls stance.” Well DAH! To sum it all up, no one should vote for any GOP member as they are political cowards, stupid political cowards. They are not at all interested in helping to keep anyone safe.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/07/2019 - 01:31 pm.

      Follow the money.
      The NRA is a yuge Republican donor, as are the gun manufacturers who are good at redesigning their products to make them is to convert to rapid fire.

      • Submitted by Henry Johnson on 08/13/2019 - 08:35 pm.

        Yep, the question this article asks is one of the easiest to answer I’ve seen in a long time, and you just answered it correctly Paul.

        We know that pretty much everything with Trump is transactional and he probably gets reelection money from the NRA and wins points with his core base by pretending assault weapons have nothing at all to do with mass shootings.

        So yes, that’s a nice YUGE, transaction for him.

        And it’s also something he needs right now, since something that he said would be so, so “easy”, namely winning a big trade war with JINA, has actually not been going very well at all, and like replacing Obama-care, has not been as easy as expected (who would have ever guessed that these things could be difficult – who knew governing could be difficult!!).

  3. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 08/07/2019 - 09:33 am.

    Is this “news” or an editorial? Please label accordingly.

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/07/2019 - 09:41 am.

    “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun.”

    The megalomaniac uttering those words is, unfortunately, a fair example of both the former and the latter contributors to pulling the trigger. The belief that it’s all about you, and that people whose skin color or culture are not like your own are something less than human are foundational to the Trump worldview – at least, based on what he’s written and said since his presidential campaign began in 2015. They’re certainly central to what he has said and written since taking office.

    Having spewed disdain and hatred in nearly every speech since his campaign began, right up through whatever he had to say the day before the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Trump’s declaration after the shootings that “hate has no place in the United States,” or words to that effect, is…um… far beyond hypocritical and disingenuous, and into some alternate universe where his language and behavior apparently have no effect on anyone, chants of “Lock her up” and “Send them back” from his supporters notwithstanding.

    • Submitted by Toni Bergner on 08/08/2019 - 09:34 pm.

      Mental illness? Why is it always younger, white males that commit these atrocities? Don’t women and other nationalities suffer from mental illness …… and yet they don’t commit these horrific crimes.

      • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/09/2019 - 10:19 am.

        Many other developed countries have just as high an incidence of mental illness as we do. The difference: fewer guns; fewer killings.

  5. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 08/07/2019 - 09:44 am.

    If there is no gun, trigger to pull, no one gets shot, no bullet is fired. But I suppose in Trump and Republican that is, fake; logic, probability, math, thinking etc. fake something.

  6. Submitted by Brian Simon on 08/07/2019 - 10:25 am.

    One silver lining is that suburban women & young people are leaving the party in droves. The GOPs unwavering support of the NRA is driving everyone out of their party except rural whites. While gerrymandering and disproportional senate representation mean that core group will continue to be over-represented politically, the odds continue to grow that they’ll lose the white house & more seats in the house.

  7. Submitted by Mark Voorhees on 08/07/2019 - 10:52 am.

    Red Flags are now coming to the front and center again but hopefully our state can vote to enact this into law. And the Dickey Amendment for our nation.
    NRA members like to flaunt that if they were at the ‘killing’ they could stop the killer. If, IF, they happened to be on the scene. But the very best they could hope for is to reduce the number of victims. They don’t stop the killings from happening in the first place. It still happens. Their response is to respond to the shooting but actually doing anything to prevent it.

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/07/2019 - 12:09 pm.

      More guns at the scene would only lead to more people being killed by random shots from crossfire. The NRA has a symbiotic relationship with gun manufacturers. Fear is what the NRA is selling, which drives gun sales. The NRA is not the place to get information about gun safety.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/07/2019 - 01:34 pm.

      Actually, more guns on the scene usually results in more killings.
      Even police who are trained to use guns are not good at instantly sizing up where bullets are going to go — who’s behind the person they’re shooting at. Remember — depending on the gun, bullets can be lethal at up to a mile range.

      • Submitted by Alan Straka on 08/09/2019 - 11:28 am.

        Exactly.
        And police do get things wrong. Remember the security guard, Jemel Roberson, who, last November, was shot and killed by a police officer as he was subduing a man who had shot four patrons in the bar where he was working.
        Now consider what would happen if police show up at a shooting scene and there are several concealed carry permit holders with their guns drawn.

  8. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/07/2019 - 11:30 am.

    Black stock or walnut stock should not be the defining quality here.

    No more than 10 bullets / shells in the weapon and no removable clips/magazines: You stop and reload 1 at a time. If we can ban fully automatic weapons, we can ban replacement clips/magazines too.

    The federal assault weapons law from 1994 to 2004 had a handle on the proliferation of large capacity magazines (no more than 10). The failure to extend it in 2004 made much of the troubles we now have.

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/07/2019 - 11:45 am.

      And:

      “The assault weapons ban expired on September 13, 2004. Legislation to renew or replace the ban was proposed numerous times unsuccessfully.

      Between May 2003 and June 2008, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and Representatives Michael Castle, R-DE, Alcee Hastings, D-FL, and Mark Kirk, R-IL, introduced bills to reauthorize the ban. At the same time, Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, and Representative Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY, introduced similar bills to create a new ban with a revised definition for assault weapons. None of the bills left committee.”

      108th Congress, GOP majorities in House and Senate and control of Presidency. Thank you very much, NRA.

  9. Submitted by Charles Holtman on 08/07/2019 - 12:26 pm.

    The headline of this piece normalizes Trump.

    Trump perceives only whether Fox ‘n Friends is saying nice things about him, whether those around him are rendering their obeisance with sufficient vigor, and whether his cheeseburger or golf game is being interrupted.

    Normal people think about society’s problems, and potential ways to address them. The notion that there is a society (of persons with interests, desires and agency) isn’t one that Trump grasps. And it’s yet a league beyond to think about what may be its problems, and solutions to those. The notion that Trump has spent one moment pondering gun violence or mass shootings as a societal concern is absurd. Implying that he has whitewashes his pathology.

  10. Submitted by joe smith on 08/07/2019 - 12:38 pm.

    No law is going to stop a crazy person from committing a crime against innocent people. The fact that Chicago has as strict gun laws as you can have, shows lawless folks will get guns. Banning guns all together will never happen but that won’t stop some politicians from making another useless law. As much as the Lefties blame the gun, it is the person shooting the gun, that is the problem. I have never understood the position that “the gun made him do it” which I hear steady from some folks. Adding a new law will make certain folks feel better but in the end mental illness and lawlessness cannot be defeated by laws.

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/07/2019 - 04:33 pm.

      And if the crazy person only has a bow and arrow?

      Virtually every Republican opposes restrictions until it happens in their backyard and then they have a change of heart…

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/07/2019 - 05:07 pm.

      The usual counterfactual BS.
      Chicago’s problems are an illustration of the weakness of a state-by-state approach.
      Guns are easily available in neighboring states, so a ban in Illinois has little effect if guns are available a short drive away in Indiana (60% of guns seized on Chicago’s streets come form out of state). Same thing is true for DC (strong laws and a lot of deaths because of weak laws in Virginia).
      Only a national solution will be effective. It works in the civilized world.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/07/2019 - 05:09 pm.

      And again, mental illness as a cause of violence is a boojum.
      Most gun violence is committed by friends and family of the victim.

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/07/2019 - 07:51 pm.

      The simplistic NRA view on what kills. It isn’t the gun that kills it is the human. The NRA is half right, there is a human involved. A gun is not an inert object and it too is involved. As soon as the trigger is pulled it then becomes the gun that kills, but the human is required to start the firing sequence. Guns with high capacity magazines and high killing power are strictly Weapons of WAR and should not be available to the public. If Weapons of War are not available to the human involved there will far less people killed with the gun. The NRA is killing American’s daily with their simplistic definition of what does the killing. The NRA is in the business of selling fear and intimidation which sell guns, not saving peoples lives. Walk into any gun shop and there is a wall of black radical looking guns which is what the fearful migrate to.

    • Submitted by Cindy Gallagher on 08/12/2019 - 12:29 am.

      I totally agree with this. I speak from experience as my husband was murdered with a splitting maul during a home invasion. If someone wants to kill you they will. Whether it’s with a gun, a knife, or in my case a blunt instrument. Not everyone is mentally ill and everyone is capable of committing murder if pushed to a certain point. In the murder of my husband his assailant had schizophrenia.
      The problem with this case was the fact that no one informed the authorities or my husband, the victim. Family, friends and the healthcare professionals that treat these individuals do not report even though they know someone is going to harm themselves or others. This is what has to change. People need to step up and take action if they think someone is going to commit a harmful act towards themselves or others. We can talk forever about changing gun laws Etc. But you are never going to be able to stop the violence if someone really wants to carry out these horrific Acts. They will find a way , they will find a weapon, in order to carry out their mission on murder. We as individuals need to take responsibility to recognize and Report or do something to either help these individuals or have them reported to the authorities and arrested. Or if mentally ill committed and taken off the streets so they can be treated. My husband should be alive today if the individuals that knew had reported on this perpetrator. There are just so many cases like this out there that these individuals slip through the cracks. Caseworkers can’t keep up with the amount of people that they have to take care of and or watch so they get put on the back burner. Even though they know that these individuals are dangerous they just can’t keep up with the workload. This needs to change also. We will never as a country be able to stop all of the violence, murders, suffering and pain that occurs in our country every day but if people start helping each other and recognizing when someone has a problem that would be a good first step. Don’t just ignore it and have a blind eye and walk away from these people when you know there is a problem. Do something! And as far as weapons, my husband was killed in 2 minutes and after that I learned that you have to have access to a weapon immediately in order to defend yourself. If you don’t, you will die. I now have a gun that is locked and loaded and ready to use if someone enters my home. I have an alarm system that is so loud it will wake me up to anyone entering my residence and by the time they get to me I will have that weapon in my hand to defend myself. I guess my point is that it doesn’t matter how a person is killed, whether by a gun or some other type of weapon, if someone wants to harm you they will find anything to accomplish it. And murders are committed by white people, black people, Asian, Mexican, Etc. In the US and internationally. By the mentally ill and by the completely sane . And it will continue until the end of time. There’s no way we’re going to be able to get rid of all of the weapons that are out there, how would you even go about locating them all xxxx? Again I believe it starts with us as people and we need to start helping each other. As far as Donald Trump goes, somebody needs to impeach this guy and get him the heck out of office. He’s a scary individual!

      • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/12/2019 - 08:24 am.

        Ms. Gallagher, I sympathize with your loss but we’re not talking about “murder”, we’re talking about mass shootings. Yes, people kill each in a lot of different ways and it’s unlikely that will ever stop. Nevertheless people cannot kill other people with weapons they cannot obtain. When was the last time anyone used a flame thrower, or a rocket launcher, or a hand grenade, to kill someone in the US? While some people may always want to kill other people they can only do so in large numbers with minutes if they have access to weapons designed for THAT purpose.

        As for mental illness, your tragic story is perfect illustration why the mental health system can never be any kind of safety net protecting society from violence. Even on the rare occasions when mentally ill patients are physically dangerous to others, we have no ability to predict or reliably prevent violence. In many way our mental health system barely functions a mental health system, let alone a safety wall of protection of any kind.

  11. Submitted by Robert Ahles on 08/07/2019 - 01:57 pm.

    Hunters have used semi-automatic rifles to hunt here in Minnesota and nationally for many, many years. What you now call an “assault rifle” looks kind of scary but it probably does not shoot any faster than other semi-automatic hunting rifles that have been around for years.

    Wisconsin has recently changed hunting regulations to allow anyone to hunt regardless of age. I personally would not feel safe in the woods with young children carrying and firing any type of weapon. For me to feel safe I would like to know that hunting regulations address training (firearm safety courses) and probably maturity too as I’d get nervous hunting in the same woods with a five or seven year-old.

    Most responsible hunters shouldn’t need more than one or two shots to kill a big game animal or even a coyote or fox. As a hunter, and not an NRA member, I would support regulations limiting the size of magazines to four or five rounds as there really is no need for 10 to 30 round magazines for either hunters or target shooters. Actually you can hunt waterfowl in Minnesota with a semi-automatic shotgun but you are limited to three rounds in the gun at any one time.

    I would also support legislation banning bump stocks or any other method or device which could convert a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic weapon, or machine gun.

    Most importantly I would hope our lawmakers would expand regulations relating to background checks and waiting periods.

    I would not support legislation which would increase the age from 18 to 21 to allow a person to buy a rifle. We have many young people hunting in the fields and woods of Minnesota who are much younger than 18. For many of the youth it is a source of pride to be able to save enough money and buy your own rifle or shotgun. I was able to buy my first shotgun at the age of 12 from money I saved from my paper route. I also served in Vietnam with young men that were 18, 19, and 21 years old and if we can expect them to use these weapons in combat then we should allow them to own other types of rifles when they return home, even if they are under the age of 21.

    I have been upset with the NRA for many years as it has absolutely no plans to address gun safety here in the Country that I love. I think twice, many more, when considering a vote for someone that is accepting contributions from the NRA.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/08/2019 - 06:49 am.

      I beg to differ with your claim that the NRA “has no plans to address gun safety” in this country. I direct you to firearmtraining.nra.org. The NRA is the gold standard for firearms training and has been for me since I took my first firearms safety class about 60 years ago from my 7th grade science teacher who was also an NRA instructor.
      People who are gun owners or who are interested in becoming a gun owner should join the more than 1 million people a year who are trained by the NRA.

      • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 08/08/2019 - 09:53 am.

        Well DT, took that training about 60 years ago myself, still got that 1965 NRA certificate. Then the NRA was about shooting straight and talking straight. Now its about talking crooked and promoting massive gun sales and ammunition to anyone and everyone, the language doesn’t shoot so straight. The so called education portion is a coverup for the gun manufactures. The more folks get killed, the better the marketing campaign, the line plays out every time there is a mass murder, you need more and higher powered guns to protect yourself.

  12. Submitted by Mike Schumann on 08/07/2019 - 03:07 pm.

    Another great opportunity for another anti Trump diatribe.

    What happened to the question in your headline? Why exactly aren’t gun restrictions part of Trump’s solution? I would have enjoyed hearing your theories on that. Instead all we get is more regurgitation of Trump’s tweets. Reading articles about his tweets is just as tiresome as the tweets themselves.

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 08/08/2019 - 09:57 am.

      Answer: Because he supports the NRA, and they spend lots of $ on his campaign, and the gun manufacturers pour lots of money into the NRA to keep the blood flowing in our streets, and lots of white nationalists are gun owners, its a play to support the base, how many folks die, he doesn’t care, as long as they aren’t old white voters. Is your question answered?

    • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/12/2019 - 08:46 am.

      Another opportunity for anti-Trump diatribes… yeah that happens a lot when you’re the worse US president in history and you promote racism, violence, ignorance, immorality, incompetence, and fascism. Funny how that works out.

  13. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 08/07/2019 - 10:22 pm.

    Trump has no interest in solving problems – his only interest is getting re-elected, which involves being the NRA’s puppet.

  14. Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 08/09/2019 - 08:20 am.

    Democrats would command more respect on gun control (at least from me), if they called as strongly for greater controls on the increasingly unaccountable, privatized military. Calling for gun control for citizens while being otherwise permissive of the eternal war machine and the total surveillance infrastructure, is a non-starter for a lot of Americans.

    That said, I don’t see how it is a healthy thing for society for this kind of hardware to be available on the internet, for private accessibility for any young hormonal 18 year old with juvenile fantasies of death and destruction.

  15. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/09/2019 - 08:56 am.

    I think the biggest and deadliest problem the US (and by extension the world) has faced in the last 3-4 decades is the asinine nature of our public discourse regarding really huge and important problems. From climate change to health care, to mass murder we have nothing but utterly stupid conversations and endless debate games.

    People actually think they’re being clever when they ask if we’re talking about: “Assault rocks or pencils?”. They think it’s common sense to point out that people can use cars and knives to kill people. They think it’s shrewd to ask why criminals would obey new laws?

    It’s simply ridiculous to claim that our gun violence is caused by video games, or gay marriage, or legal abortion, or the fact that some of us say “happy holidays” in stead of “merry Christmas”. This nonsense is all flat out stupid.

    Mental illness is a ubiquitous feature of human populations, and with the exception of local psychiatric fads here and there it’s distributed more or less evenly across populations. They have mentally ill people in Finland, and Great Britain, and Japan. They have video games, and gay people, and Atheists, and hatred and bigotry. Whey NONE of them have is a single massacre with assault rifles or military handguns. This isn’t because their racists and haters and mentally ill people are better behaved or more controlled, it’s because they can’t buy assault rifles and military handguns. If you want to argue about this obvious fact… you are part of the problem.

    Do we have a “culture” issue? Sure, but the culture in question here is the gun culture, not political correctness. The gun culture promotes guns as safe and effective solutions to so many problems. The idea that owning guns and using them to shoot and kill people is a solution of any kind doesn’t emerge from mental illness, or video games, it emerges from imbeciles who have a lobby.

    People steal wallets.. buy and gun and kill them. Teenagers break into your house, ambush and kill them. Someone down the block has their house burgled… buy a gun. Disagree with a politician? You know we could always shoot them dead. Borders being over-run by people with brown skin… well that’s what AR-15’s are for isn’t it? Unpopular at School or unlucky with the women… start shooting baby. Don’t worry, guns are perfectly safe… as long as you don’t touch them, they don’t fire themselves after all.

    It isn’t just that all of this is beyond absurd stupidity… the problem is that all of this garbage is actually taken seriously by Republicans AND Democrats who suppress gun control laws.

    The vast majority of people who kill other people with guns would pass background checks, and never trigger a red flag. These aren’t bad ideas but we need to stop pretending that the least we can is the most can ever do. Decades of bipartisan failure are literally killing us. Anyone who claims that background check and red flag laws are the best we can do, is essentially telling us they’re willing to live with massacres. If you don’t think we have a real problem that demands a real solution, then stop pretending to be outraged.

  16. Submitted by Juan M. Garcés on 08/09/2019 - 09:06 am.

    “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun.” Said Trump.

    Let’s assume Mr. Trump is right. Mental illness and hatred are the problem, not guns. Although mental illness and even hatred are present all over the world; therefore, one would expect at least comparable crime rates everywhere. But that is not the case. When the USA has over 38,000 deaths by mass shooting in one year, most countries even if we adjust for relative population size, don’t make it to one thousand deaths. Why is the crime rate about 40 times higher in the USA than anywhere else? The answer appears to be: only the widespread availability of guns makes the monstrous rate of violent crime much higher here. One could even argue that mental illness is over 40 times higher in the USA as compared to other countries, but that is not the case either. Only the availability of high power guns accounts for the problem. Also, we must keep in mind that pulling the trigger is not an isolated operation. It takes planning to get a gun, ammunition and training to have the skills needed to cause maximum damage in a few minutes of tragic madness. Those skills and weapons are normally limited to the military and only to be used in war to defend the homeland. Finally, without high power guns, neither mental illness nor hatred can cause widespread death in a few minutes. As the readers can see, it is easy to make a brief statement, a sound bite, about anything. But it takes time to reason and reflect to make sure that the statement is correct, logical and true. Those sitting in high offices need to keep this in mind when addressing the population at large. In fact, one could argue that only those capable of reasoning, reflecting, consulting and considering the consequences of their statements should be in higher offices. If they can’t do it, they do not belong there.

  17. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/09/2019 - 08:59 pm.

    One long term partial solution that I haven’t seen much is limiting the ammunition supply. Automatic weapons used for killing require large quantities of ammunition; far more than hunting or target shooting. Caps on the quantity of ammunition purchased, while not eliminating gun deaths by any means, would cut down on mass shootings.

    • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/12/2019 - 08:43 am.

      In practice ammunition caps don’t offer much hope. All you need to kill 50 people in close quarters is 100 rounds. While many shooters may carry hundreds or thousands of rounds into their kill zones, they never use it all, I think shooters would simply make do with smaller amounts of ammo. Furthermore, many mass shooters are quite methodical and plan in advance, so they would likely acquire their ammo over the course of months, and there are many sources of ammo. Unlike something like pseudoephedrine which is only sold in pharmacies, anyone can sell ammo. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, but it’s almost as problematic as an assault weapon ban, and probably less effective.

  18. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/12/2019 - 08:51 am.

    Yeah, Trump has never tried to solve any problem as POTUS, he’s always been consumed by the endless defense of his “brand” and nothing else. Like all fascists who view themselves AS the State, he sees no difference between his brand and the office he holds, he thinks managing his brand IS the job.

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