The Washington Post reports that President Trump has pulled universal background checks off the table after chatting with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre.
However, Trump told LaPierre that the White House is still interested in measures that get rid of weapons from mentally ill people, and even indicated his support for some red flag gun confiscation measures.
Such news has disappointed anti-gun activists.
Senator Chris Murphy stated, “I know the gun lobby is putting the full-court press on everyone surrounding the president.” Murphy was hopeful that a bipartisan consensus on background checks would emerge.
He added, “I have not received any different signal than I got last week.”
For Murphy, Trump has routinely disappointed on the issue of gun control.
“Every time he raises expectations, then he clearly and publicly walks away from the commitments he made, it makes the lives of Republicans more miserable,” Murphy said.
Right after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Trump got many gun controllers’ hopes up by claiming that “there is a great appetite” for expanding background checks.
However, the President is likely coming back to his senses, recognizing that many of his constituents are staunchly pro-gun and will not tolerate any form of gun compromise.
Trump’s changing tune on gun control could also be a result of the advice he’s receiving from Donald Trump Jr, who BLP reports is skeptical of red flag laws and other forms of gun control expansion.
BREAKING: Roger Stone is a Free Man, President Trump Commutes Sentence
The story is developing.
On July 10, 2020, commentator John Cardillo reported that conservative operative Roger Stone received a commutation of his prison sentence from President Donald Trump.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 10, 2020
Over the past few days, President Trump has considered commuting Roger Stone’s sentence a few days prior to his report to prison.
Stone is expected to report to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia by July 14 where he will serve out a three year and four month prison sentence for allegedly lying under oath to U.S. elected officials during the politically contrived Russian interference investigation.
Trump has had a relationship with the Republican political operative for decades.
For some time, Trump has discussed the potential of commuting Stone’s sentence.
When asked by reporters earlier on July 10 about reports of his plan to pardon Stone, Trump remarked, “I’ll be looking at it. I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people.”
Reuters reported that back in November 2019, a “Washington jury convicted Stone on all seven criminal counts of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness.”
The same report added that “Stone was convicted for lying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks, the website that released damaging emails about Trump’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were stolen by Russian hackers.”
Stone’s commutation, while not a full-blown pardon that erases his conviction, is a solid victory for the Rule of Law.
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