White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House welcomes a “conversation” that both parties plan to have about banning bump stocks, indicating President Trump is open to the idea and wants to be part of the talks.
So, let’s be careful here. Democrats don’t care much about bump stocks, the devices that get a semi-automatic weapon to fire temporarily with the rapidity of an automatic weapon. I’d never heard of them before the Las Vegas shooting, but since learning about them I’ve seen no good reason for them and think they should be banned too. What Democrats want is to open up a general discussion on gun control and go after basic Second Amendment rights. So the White House has to be careful not to get into a room with them and give away the gun store.
I think Trump realizes, though, that if he starts backing down on the Second Amendment, his base will desert him and he will end up with a primary challenge at worst or at the very least an electorate that fails to turn out in the general election to support him.
Following the White House statement – and the recognition of writing on the wall – the National Rifle Association echoed the call for the government to consider action against bump stocks.
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” the NRA said in a written statement.