The bill — sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other Senate Democrats — would make it illegal to sell more than 200 types of semi-automatic weapons as well as magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. The proposal would also ban devices that ramp up firing speed, such as the bump stock used in the Las Vegas shooting last month.
The bill is similar to a 2013 measure Feinstein introduced following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and comes after a string new deadly shootings in October and November.
It would expand background checks to all gun sales and require “a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms.”
President Trump was asked earlier today in South Korea by a reporter from NBC if he would consider “extreme vetting” for prospective gun purchasers. He said that it wouldn’t have stopped the killer, but might have stopped the person who confronted the killer, from getting a gun.
Making some kind of political point, the reporter, dumbly, compared extreme vetting of foreigners trying to enter the country from places where terrorists run rampant to extreme vetting of people trying to exercise a constitutional right.
Here’s the exchange.
Reporter: Thank you, Mr. President. You’ve talked about wanting to put extreme vetting on people trying to come into the United States, but I wonder if you would consider extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun.
President Trump: Trying to what?
Reporter: Buy a gun.
Trump: Well, you’re bringing up a situation that probably shouldn’t be discussed too much right now. We could let a little time go by, but it’s okay. If you feel that that’s an appropriate question, even though we’re in the heart of South Korea, I will certainly answer your question.
If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago, and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him, and hit him and neutralize him. And I can only say this: If he didn’t have a gone, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. So that’s the way I feel about it. Not going to help.
Reporter: And are you considering any kind of gun control policy going forward because —
Trump: I mean, you look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation, is Chicago, and Chicago is a disaster. It’s a total disaster. Just remember, if this man didn’t have a gun or rifle, you’d be talking about a much worse situation in the great state of Texas. Thank you.
Perhaps God could grant Obama the wisdom to lay off for a few minutes after gun tragedies while people grieve. This is Texas and it’s a church. I’m willing to bet many of those killed and injured, as well as their families, don’t support Obama’s anti-gun agenda.
Maybe if Obama was consulting God more he wouldn’t have spent half his presidency attacking the police, which prompted cops to pull back from proactive and aggressive policing with the result that more innocent lives were lost to murderers, particularly in black neighborhoods.
The Texas shooting would actually seem to be an argument against gun control. The shooter appears to have been in illegal possession of his firearm. Assuming the hero who stopped him legally owned his gun, this would be a case study for the argument that bad guys can get their guns illegally while good guys should not be impeded in their ability to obtain a weapon to defend themselves and others.
It’s also an argument to make sure people are allowed to bring guns to places some consider to be off-limits, like churches. Given the new penchant for violence we see on the left, conservative Christian communities are in serious danger.
Yes, leftist violence. You don’t hear much about it. It appears we may have had two incidents over the weekend, including Rand Paul’s cracked ribs and this shooting, which may or may not have been committed by a leftist. Given his militant atheism, he is at least unlikely to have been a conservative.
And how long before a Jihadist shoots up a synagogue? Let’s make sure houses of God are not just safe spaces for killers.
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