So, when does he flip on the wall?
Just weeks after the National Rifle Association made Donald Trump their earliest-ever endorsement-recipient for his presidential run, Trump reverted to leftist mode on gun control on Wednesday. Here was Trump’s tweet:
I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2016
It has long been the position of the National Rifle Association that banning people from buying weapons based on the terror watch list is a fool’s errand. For all the reasons they’re right, read Aaron Bandler’s piece here.
But Trump threw them right under the bus for political convenience.
Yes, this is certainly the guy who’s going to appoint pro-Second Amendment justices to the Supreme Court.
Here’s the thing: Trump could easily have fit his position within the NRA’s own. Here’s what the NRA tweeted this morning:
Happy to meet @realdonaldtrump. Our position is no guns for terrorists—period. Due process & right to self-defense for law-abiding Americans— NRA (@NRA) June 15, 2016
What they mean by this is presumably endorsement of the so-called Cornyn Amendment, which would put a 72-hour hold on sale of weapons for those on the terror watchlist to “show a judge there was probable cause to make the ban permanent,” reports The Washington Post. Here’s the NRA’s full statement:
We are happy to meet with Donald Trump. The NRA's position on this issue has not changed. The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist. At the same time, due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed. That has been the position of Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) and a majority of the U.S. Senate. Sadly, President Obama and his allies would prefer to play politics with this issue.
The media played politics with the issue, too. Here was Reuters’ headline:
BREAKING: NRA says anyone on terrorism watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed.— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 15, 2016
This makes it seem like Trump told the NRA to jump, and they asked how high. But that clearly isn’t the case.
It just looks like it is.
And that’s the problem. Trump will continue to drag the Republican Party and other conservative organizations to the left, and the media will help him do it.