After he had to have it written down for him to remember to show empathy to the survivors and victims’ families from the Parkland shooting during a “listening session,” Trump is, as usual, all over the place in his reaction. He’s pushing some reforms, though they’re quite inadequate:
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Barely a good start, but at least he’s not rejecting those ideas out of hand (though his statement about wanting more mental institutions is a bit disturbing and quite beside the point — we do need a much better system for mental health, but that sure as hell isn’t the way to do it). But at the same time, he’s praising the NRA to high heaven:
What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Uh, Donald — the NRA is going to oppose those changes you’re proposing. They’re going to scream about how that’s just the first step to seizing all their guns. And changing the age to 21 is going to hurt the sales of the gun industry, for which the NRA is the chief marketing wing. They’re gonna lose their minds over that idea. So since you claim to be for those things and claim to believe that they’re important to protect kids in schools, will they still be doing the right thing?