During a meeting with a number of anti-gun Senators, including Dianne Feinstein and Chris Murphy, President Donald Trump opined to Vice President Mike Pence that we should confiscate guns from those deemed too dangerous to own one, and that their guns should be taken before they are sent to court.
His statement mirrors that of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who stated that when his officers decide that someone is too dangerous to own a gun, they should be able to immediately take them away.
WATCH: President Trump: "I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second." pic.twitter.com/aydEZdAGq0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 28, 2018
In response, people on both sides of the gun argument criticized Trump. To many, this transcends the gun issue, and in their minds is a dangerous proposal due to the due process implications behind it.
So Trump just literally proposed gun-grabbing without due process. Yeah, this is going awesome.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 28, 2018
Donald Trump, today: "I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second."
This statement violates his oath of office.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 28, 2018
Trump: “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
Everybody's talking about Trump's new position on guns, but I'm much more concerned with his new position on due process.
— Bob Toomey (@bob_toomey) February 28, 2018
It is unclear how a proposal of this magnitude would fare in Congress. Many on the Republican and Democrat side are likely to oppose it, but with the support of President Trump, it has the possibility to make its way into law, especially if it is used in a compromise proposal.
WATCH: “Are You A Junkie?” Joe Biden FLIPS On CBS Reporter After Question About Cognitive Test
Biden didn’t appreciate the question.
Joe Biden responded angrily to a question from a CBS News reporter on taking a cognitive test Wednesday, asking Errol Barnett if he was a “junkie” and stating that he should have to take a drug test in order to interview Biden with the assumption he was taking cocaine.
“No, I haven’t taken a test… Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man! That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program, you take a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not? Are you a junkie?”
The inference that CBS reporter Errol Barnett is a junkie would’ve almost certainly been blasted as offensive if President Trump or another public figure made the claim. At the most, Biden’s ad hominem response to the legitimate question reveals his sensitivity to claims of his own cognitive decline.
“I know you’re trying to goad me… I’m so looking forward to having an opportunity to sit with the president or stand with the president in the debates.”
President Trump has argued that Biden should take an equivalent of the Montreal Cognitive Fitness Test, which he took around a year ago with results indicating strong cognitive capacity. The question of mental acuity has consistently arisen as Biden frequently commits mental errors and gaffes during public appearances, ranging from forgetting which state he’s in, confusing his wife and his sister, and even forgetting what office he’s campaigning for.
Biden went on to struggle to pronounce the phrase “physical fitness.”
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