Everyone feels as though they know best when it comes to gun control. The pressure is on every lawmaker on Capitol Hill following the various domestic terrorism acts that have taken place throughout the summer, including the latest in Odessa, Texas.
The Department of Justice has recently sent over a gun legislation package to the White House with their recommendations of what needs to be done.
Trump has already identified that he’s willing to consider new measures. He also wants to defend Second Amendment rights – which is something that many Americans have identified they feel is still important. Presidential candidates, however, are urging mandatory buyback programs and other extreme measures.
Pelosi and Trump have struck a deal to ensure that the president uses the Constitution as opposed to executive action. As such, he has already identified that he will support stronger background checks as well as “red flag” laws. This would allow firearms to be taken away from those identified as being a risk to themselves or others. Various mental health solutions are also in discussion to ensure that law-abiding citizens do not have their guns taken away for no reason.
Trump has been doing a lot of tweeting on preventing mass shootings and making sure that everyone knows that something is being done.
As for what is inside of the package provided by the Department of Justice, it isn’t clear as of yet. Once Congress goes back in session next week, it should be very clear.
The NRA, who has been extremely silent over the past several months, recently tweeted to identify that “universal” background checks are not capable of stopping criminals from obtaining guns. The only thing that it would criminalize is private transfers and loans between family and friends. They continue to remind people that criminals don’t follow laws – which is something that many Republicans have been saying as well.
While Democrats are eager to take away guns in order to stop domestic terrorism acts, they aren’t thinking everything through. They are working quickly and, therefore, not taking the time to think strategically. Mitch McConnell, President Trump, and even the Department of Justice have been focusing on strategy more than anything else – and it’s likely that the package from the Department of Justice focuses on a balance between the two sides – while still maintaining Second Amendment rights.
Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to Senate Democrats to explain that gun violence measures need to be a priority – and that they will need to pressure Republicans. However, no pressure is necessary. Republicans are just as eager as Democrats to establish gun violence measures – they simply want to do so in a strategic way to ensure that law-abiding citizens do not have their guns taken away.
Schumer likes to blame Trump and Senate Republicans for failing to act on gun violence. However, he needs to remember that Pelosi asked Trump not to create an executive action. Further, he needs to remember that both the Senate and the House have been out on recess for a month – making it hard to create constitutional legislation following the mass shootings that have occurred in Ohio and Texas.
Voters from both sides, Republican and Democrat, indicate that they favor heavier background checks for gun buyers. Further, they want to see guns being taken away from those who pose a danger to themselves or others. Democrats are also leading a ban on assault weapons, though it requires them to identify the list of weapons that are considered “assault-style.”
The Department of Justice has identified in the past that they are exploring quite a few unique solutions. This includes bringing back realistic toy guns – something that has become “forbidden fruit.” They have research to show that gun violence has increased over the last two decades while the presence of toy guns in homes with young children have fallen. Even the Obama administration believed that it was important to encourage parents to buy realistic-looking toys to help reduce the amount of gun violence in the future.
Throughout the Obama administration, there was also the idea of colorizing weapons, which would allow people to have guns for personal use that are in pink, mauve, and purple colors. It would reduce the appeal of guns among a variety of groups who want to abuse their rights to bear arms.
As to whether the Department of Justice is going to lean on some of these suggestions from the NRA and the Obama administration or not is yet to be seen – but it can help to create the balance to ensure people get their guns without allowing people to participate in acts of domestic terrorism.