Turns Out Trump Is the One Who’s ‘Afraid of the NRA’
As of early March, Trump appeared to support raising the
federal age limit to buy most firearms
from 18 to 21. He was troubled, he claimed, by the fact
that the 19-year-old Parkland shooter was allowed to legally
purchase the AR-15-style rifle he used to kill 17 people at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“You can’t buy a handgun at 18, 19, or 20, you have to wait
‘til you’re 21. But you can buy the gun, the weapon used in
this horrible shooting, at 18,” Trump said earlier this month
during a truly bizarre
meeting with lawmakers on guns and gun policy.
Trump then accused Republican senators of being afraid of the
NRA after Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania,
said that a bill he was working on to strengthen background
checks didn’t include raising minimum age requirements to
purchase firearms. “You know why?” Trump asked Toomey. “Because
you’re afraid of the NRA.”
Cut to nearly two weeks later, and it appears that Trump is
also afraid of the NRA.
I wonder why?
The White House’s official
proposal would fund firearms training programs for school
staff and strengthen criminal background and mental health
checks. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos—noted
genius—has also been tapped to lead a new committee
tackling school violence prevention. Conspicuously missing in
all of this is Trump’s pet plan to raise the minimum age to
purchase a firearm.
In a bit of conspicuous timing, the NRA is
suing the state of Florida over a law raising the minimum
age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21. The NRA called the law
to the Second Amendment. It seems Trump got the message.