President Donald Trump kicked off his “Executive Time” on Thursday morning with something of an attempt to clarify his wild televised meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers yesterday, in which he apparently endorsed a number of Democratic gun control proposals.
“Many ideas, some good & some not so good, emerged from our bipartisan meeting on school safety yesterday at the White House,” Trump tweeted. “Background Checks a big part of conversation. Gun free zones are proven targets of killers.”
He also noted his desire for legislation, while juggling the need to signal his fealty to the gun rights: “After many years, a Bill should emerge. Respect 2nd Amendment!”
Many ideas, some good & some not so good, emerged from our bipartisan meeting on school safety yesterday at the White House. Background Checks a big part of conversation. Gun free zones are proven targets of killers. After many years, a Bill should emerge. Respect 2nd Amendment!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2018
In Trump’s live broadcast meeting, he chastised Republican senators for fearing the NRA, and apparently endorsed Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proposal to ban assault-style weapons, as well as Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s expanded background checks proposal.
At one point Trump even declared his desire to find a way to allow police to take the guns away from people like the Parkland, Florida school shooter without due process: “They should’ve taken them away anyway, whether they had the right or not.”
“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump added, presumably as NRA chief Wayne LaPierre furiously fired a few rounds into his television.
The tweet could very well be a direct response to the NRA, which issued a strong rebuke to the Trump meeting in a statement.
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