When did President Trump start channeling his predecessor? I left work yesterday, and by the time I got home, there were a couple of articles on the web about how the President was yelling at gun owners and yelling at the NRA that “they need to stop this nonsense.” He was meeting with a bipartisan group who included Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who was grinning like a fiend and doing a happy dance. You remember Sen Feinstein, who said in 1995:
If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]… … Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in. I would have done that.
And then I get home from work, and check my news feeds, and what do I find? Two articles which seem to indicate that either we have been backstabbed, President Trump has lost his mind, or he has been replaced by a pod…
During the meeting, Vice President Pence commented about getting a judge to suspend Second Amendment rights for the seriously mentally ill. Mr. Trump said
Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court. Because that’s another system, because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court to get the due process procedures, I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. … To go to court would have taken a long time. So you could do exactly what you’re saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.
He also added that NRA leaders needed to “stop this nonsense.”
Excuse me? I don’t think so. Several points have been made of this, the first was Ben Shapiro:
The Constitution guarantees due process. Trump can’t waive it, and to suggest that we simply ignore due process in order to seize guns is both fascistic and idiotic.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) also said:
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.
So the president thinks that giving people their Constitutionally-mandated due process would take too long? Longer than, say, the 8 years of constant fail that the Broward County sheriff’s department performed on the Parkland shooter? How about the multiple failures of the FBI to follow up on the Ft. Hood shooter or the Boston Marathon bombers or the Parkland shooter, where they had at least three separate alerts. What about the years of fail of the US Air Force who failed to notify the FBI that a violent domestic abuser was dishonorably discharged, so that he could be stopped from buying guns. So, Mr. Trump, like the democrats, you need to point that vitriol some other direction than the NRA and legal gun owners. Did you punish Ivanka when Donald, Jr. got out of line? You should save that anger that you are hosing onto the NRA and we legal gun owners for the police forces who seem to routinely drop the ball. These are the same law enforcement officers that you say we should turn in our guns and depend on to protect us? Even after courts say that they aren’t in the business of protecting us? Remember. Police don’t carry guns to protect us, they carry guns to protect themselves.
You did, in my honest opinion, more in a single afternoon to alienate your base than all of the awesome stuff you have done, and all of the campaign promises you have kept. As we said in the Army, one “aw crap” wipes out a hundred “attaboys”.
The final point is that, as Matt Walsh said on his blog, being mentally ill is not a good reason to take firearms. Mental illness is not a crime.The Parkland shooter explicitly threatened to use his guns against other human beings, threatened people with knives, pointed guns at other people, all of which are criminal activity.
The second point is that shrinks have been adding things to their Big Book of mental illness for years. To hear them tell it, having a pulse and breathing regularly is a sign of mental health. So if mental health is a litmus test for being able to exercise your Constitutional rights, then we are in trouble, since the following things have been listed as signs of mental illness:
- Feeling sad
- Feeling depressed
- Having mood changes
- Biting your fingernails
Yes, in some weird reality that is a liberal’s wet dream, you could be denied a firearm because you bite your nails.
Mr. Trump, it’s time to stop playing the blame game with people who had nothing to do with the Parkland shooter. Do not alienate your base by hopping into bed with the very people who despise us.