In yesterday’s article about how the Republican Party’s 2020 election plan to expose the Democrats as far-left extremists had the unintended consequence of exposing Trump’s far-left extremism instead, I provided a list of several agenda items where Trump and the GOP have openly promoted the agenda of the far-left.
One agenda item of particular note, and the one Trumpists have been giving me a lot of pushback on, dealt with Trump’s long-established track record supporting Constitution-killing gun control laws.
As a candidate in 2016, Trump’s far-left approach to gun control was obvious to everyone not drinking the orange Kool-Aid. Following the Orlando, Florida nightclub shooting in June of that year, Trump immediately announced his intention to look for new ways to keep certain people from legally purchasing a firearm.
Trump’s anti-gun extremism was kicked up a notch in February 2018 following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL when he began pushing several Democrat-friendly anti-gun measures, such as raising the age to 21 to buy a rifle, expanding background checks, and banning bump stocks “with or without” Congress — he decided to do it without Congress in December 2018 with the stroke of his pen ala Barack Obama.
In a “bipartisan” meeting held at the White House after the Florida shooting to discuss gun control, Trump responded to a suggestion that due process rights needed to be protected by saying police should be able to take guns “whether they have the right, or not.” He further stated the government should always “take the guns first, go through due process second.”
With his bump stock ban executive order checked off, and with Trumpservatives in Congress working to pass red flag laws on the federal and state level (allowing government to seize guns without due process), Trump is ready to use another recent tragedy to check off the next anti-gun priority of the far-left — banning firearm suppressors (aka silencers).
As he was departing the White House for the U.K. on Monday, Trump was asked by a reporter, “The suspect in the Virginia Beach shooting used a silencer on his weapon. Do you believe silencers should be restricted?” Trump responded, “I don’t like them at all.”
Sounds to me like another executive order could be on the way.
Ironically, suppressors are one of the most restricted firearm accessories in America, as they are regulated under the National Firearms Act of 1934. Getting one legally involves passing an in-depth background check, being fingerprinted and photographed, registering the device with the federal government, and paying the government a $200 tax (on top the normal costs and taxes for the suppressor). This acquisition process takes eight months and sometimes longer.
Suppressors do not silence gunfire, rather, they remove the sharp aspect of the sound of a gunshot that damages hearing. The Washington Post reported witnesses who were in the building at the time of the attack said, “We just kept hearing gunshots.”
Those are the facts, but when has the far-left ever let facts get in the way of their agenda, especially when it comes to gun rights?
As 2020 draws near, Trumps far-left extremism on gun control and other issues will be clear for all to see. Will America wake up to this reality before we lose our constitutional rights forever? If current trends continue, I doubt it.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His politically incorrect and always “right” columns are also featured on NOQReport.com.
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