President Trump rejected proposals to implement draconian background check measures intended to block firearms sales while speaking to the press in the light of two mass shootings Sunday morning.
The President stated that implementing new, arbitrary screening measures in gun transactions wouldn’t have prevented some of the recent mass shootings in America.
“Background checks – I will say that for the most part, sadly, if you look at the last four or five, going back even five or six or seven years — for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it.”
Leading Democrats and pro-gun control Republicans have proposed measures intended to box anyone with a history of receiving mental health treatment from gun ownership. President Trump correctly pointed out that many of the individuals who committed recent mass shootings would have slipped through such backdoor gun control measures.
The President had recently signaled his willingness to support such vaguely worded proposals. It appears that after consulting with pro-Second Amendment Americans and the National Rifle Association he’s become suspicious of the danger such “expanded background checks” could represent to gun rights.
Trump suggested that policy makers focus on mental health treatment plans instead of new measures intended to strip Americans of their right to own guns.
As radical Democrats endorse full mandatory confiscation of semiautomatic sporter rifles and weak Republicans stand by ready to assist them with extralegal “red flag” legislation, very few mainstream American political figures appear willing to confront the underlying cause of mass shootings in America.
A real plan to combat the mass shooting epidemic would have to confront the unprecedented alienation of millions of young men from mainstream society, across broad American social and racial lines. It’s likely mass shootings will only continue as Americans are faced with the prospect of declining middle-class career and life prospects, without so much as even the hope of political leaders who even want to help them.
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Massachusetts Gun Store Remaining Open in Defiance of Governor’s “Non-Essential” Declaration
The Gunrunner isn’t closing its doors.
A Massachusetts gun store is remaining open even after Governor Charlie Baker labeled firearm retail establishments “non-essential” and directive them to close under the commonwealth’s state of emergency declaration.
John Costa, owner of The Gunrunner in Middleboro, believes that the Second Amendment provides his gun store with authorization to remain open.
Costa explained that “under the second amendment we have every right to defend ourselves,” justifying the operations of The Gunrunner. Business has been booming at the store according to Costa, with unprecedented amounts of gun purchasers patronizing the establishment despite Baker’s command that they stay away.
Baker expressed discontent at a Wednesday press conference upon learning that some gun stores in the commonwealth were remaining open.
“They shouldn’t have been open last week. The only folks on the firearm side that have been essential been in Massachusetts since we issued the initial order are manufacturers.”
Costa is practicing social distancing measures, as well. He’s not even letting customers to enter the physical space of his store. Instead, potential gun buyers are describing the kind of gun they want for Costa to bring it out to them curbside. It’s hard to imagine more stringent social distancing measures being utilized by any business, but it’s not good enough for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The store has received a cease-and-desist order from town officials after declining to close in accordance with state directives. Gun stores aren’t included as essential retailers in the proclamation issued by Massachusetts’ nominally Republican governor, and he’s going to greater lengths to close them than progressive Democrats in states such as New Jersey and California. Governors and sheriffs in both states caved when the Trump administration declared firearms retailers to be essential businesses under updated DHS guidelines, but Baker is steadfast in insisting that gun retailers close.
Americans have shattered previous monthly records for firearms purchases during the month of March, showing a desire to lawfully acquire arms that correlates sharply with the coronavirus epidemic. With an unprecedented demand for guns among the public, policy makers should think twice about arbitrarily demanding the industry shut down.
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