Tuesday, September 24, 2019

White House Gun Control Infighting May be Family Affair

Politico had this article yesterday that White House infighting is holding up movement on gun control, and it isn't just infighting among political advisers, it appears to also involve family:
Competing factions inside the White House have stymied efforts to unite behind gun legislation, further delaying President Donald Trump from getting behind any plan.

On one side is Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, and Attorney General William Barr. Both are urging the president to back new firearms restrictions — including expanded background checks for gun sales — insisting he can be the leader who succeeds on an intractable issue that has bedeviled his predecessors and that he can win back moderate suburban voters in the process, according to people involved in the discussions.

On the other side, a group that includes Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son and an avid hunter, and a top aide to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, is telling Trump he risks losing support from his conservative base if he pushes too aggressively on new gun control legislation, they say.

Then there’s Trump, who has heard all of these arguments privately but publicly hasn’t committed to any plan. For weeks, he’s left Washington guessing on whether he’d support any gun control legislation and what form the legislation would take.
After the story was original posted, the White House refuted the claim and said they were "united" in developing what the President wants, which is a solution that will make America safer while protecting Second Amendment rights.

It is important to continue to contact the White House and make your voice heard.  Politely tell the President that you oppose all of the gun control that is being proposed, including so-called "red flag" laws, so-called "universal background checks" that will criminalize the sale of private property, and banning standard capacity magazines and modern sporting rifles commonly referred to inaccurately as "assault weapons".

Hat tip to Cam Edwards.

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