Trump gave a speech to CPAC on Friday, in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, saying his solution was to arm teachers and a teacher “would have shot the hell out of him.” This has been the plan he has proposed since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglans High School in Parkland, Florida.
On Monday, Trump went on MSNBC and to the shock of some, seemed to change his tune a little regarding best solutions for the gun crisis in America. Trump ventured off on a rant about bum stocks going against the NRA, saying:
‘Bump stocks – We’re writing that out. I’m writing that out myself. I don’t care if Congress does it or not, I’m writing it out myself.’
BREAKING: President Trump asserts he'd ban bump stocks himself: "Bump stocks — we're writing that out. I'm writing that out myself. I don't care if Congress does it or not, I'm writing it out myself." pic.twitter.com/GOF6rmjLpk
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 26, 2018
To many progressives, this would be a welcome step in the right direction although he presented it in his usual tyrannical way of trying to get whatever he wants, implying that he would sign an executive order. However, the president has been so unpredictable that no one can trust what he says from one minute to the next. Perhaps, he is trying to appease the moderates as he hopes for reelection in 2020.
The other issue is that bump stocks have nothing to do with the recent Parkland tragedy. The Parkland shooter did not use bump stocks and purchased his AR-15 legally. Trump and Congress need to get right to point and ban assault weapons like these if they truly want to make an impact and prevent events like this from happening again.
Banning bump stocks will do absolutely nothing if people can still go out and buy assault weapons.
This is how people responded to NBC’s tweet:
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