by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Multiple tragic mass shootings have once again gripped the nation and thrown Americans in a tizzy of debate about gun control. These latest tragedies have managed to get bipartisan support for new gun control measures with president Donald Trump, prominent Republicans and Democrats coming out swinging just hours after the shootings.
Echoing the famous sentiment of Rahm Emmanuel of “never (letting) a serious crisis to go to waste,” Trump came out aggressively this week noting that “We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”
….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
Following his Tweets, Trump gave a speech at the White House calling for stricter gun laws.
“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” Trump said at the White House during a statement responding to the weekend massacres that killed at least 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. “That is why I have called for red-flag laws, also known as extreme-risk protection orders.”
Trump’s remarks are on board with new gun legislation proposed by democrats which has bipartisan support from ostensible supporters of 2nd Amendment rights on the right. This is not, however, pro-gun rights.
Republicans pushing for controversial red flag laws should come as no surprise, however, as it has long been on their agenda. As TFTP previously reported in February of 2018, after the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL, President Donald Trump took to national television to betray his oath to the Constitution and his supporters and famously said, “take the guns first, go through due process second.” While this was largely ignored by his base and downplayed in the media since then, that’s exactly what’s been happening. Trump has simply rebranded it as “rapid due process.”