Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Now Trump Supports - Wait For It - Gun Control

It's Wednesday and today Donald Trump wants a comprehensive gun control law for America. Or so he says, today, Wednesday. Tomorrow, who knows?

President Trump contradicted himself and members of his own party during a White House meeting on school safety Wednesday, pushing for a "beautiful" gun control bill that would run counter to several long-held Republican positions.

Trump's off-the-cuff remarks, characterized by an unwillingness to delve into specifics, come in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

"We can't wait and play games and nothing gets done," Trump said as he opened the session, which was attended by 17 House and Senate lawmakers from both parties. "We want to stop the problems."

Trump hammered Republicans for being "afraid" of the National Rifle Association, even though the powerful gun lobby endorsed his presidential run and spent millions of dollars to get him elected.

"They do have great power, I agree with that," Trump said of the gun group. "They have great power over you people. They have less power over me."

Trump also surprised Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as he didn't rule out the idea of completely outlawing assault rifles such as the AR-15. "You're going to have to discuss that," Trump said to the assembled Republicans as Feinstein looked on with a wide grin.

But Trump has proven an inconsistent partner in gun control debates, offering sweeping proposals only to abandon them when they don't pick up steam in Congress.

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