Unless you live in a cave, you probably know about the two mass shootings that occured this weekend.
The first shooting was in Texas where a Right-Wing Nationalist killed 20 people in a Walmart in El Paso.
The second shooting was in Ohio where a Left-Wing Extremist, killed his sister and then opened fire on a busy street in the entertainment district of Dayton, killing 8 others and wounding 27.
As the New Blender reported, Trump tweeted in response to the tragedy pushing for stronger background checks.
….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
He then gave a public address where he outlined his gun control proposals, which include Red Flag laws, Social Media monitoring, Mental Health Reform which includes, Rapid Due Process confiscation and involuntary confinement. He also mentioned the bump stock ban he put into place and the strengthened background check (Fix NICS Act) he signed into law last year.
The following video is cued up to the aforementioned proposals.
I had a really hard time finding anyone on either side discussing much of Trump’s gun control legislation ideas specifically, but a there were few side bits of love and hatred about the broader speech in general.
I also like how the Trump supporters are suddenly praising him for declaring that guns should be confiscated from people they deem unfit, that RW white supremacists should be censored online and that white supremacists are terrorists.— Nathaniel #VoteBlue #ImpeachDonaldTrump (@VengeanceMail) August 5, 2019
Talk about a 180° turn.
If Trump signs gun seizure laws without delivering on immigration you can say hello to President Biden and VP Harris.— Andrew Quackson (@AndrewQuackson) August 5, 2019
Good for you! Please support strong background checks! We cannot allow innocent Americans being slaughtered!— drblynnware (@drblynnware) August 5, 2019
So. Donald Trump has blamed the press, the internet, video games, and mental illness, for mass shootings.— Jack Boshoff (@AbpositiveJack) August 5, 2019
I submit to you, that it is hatred. Which is learned. And right now, there is no person who teaches hatred more, than Donald Trump himself.
I watched your speech. It was so bad, so wrong on so many counts. To start, it was Dayton OH, not Toledo. 2nd, you should see a doctor about those sniffles. 3rd, lose the childish adjectives. We don’t need “great” legislation. 4th, you failed to acknowledge your role in this.— Doug Spiker (@TaxSnafu) August 5, 2019
There were some haters…
I don’t know who needs to hear this but condemning white supremacy in a speech isn’t proof Donald Trump has changed or become more presidential. He’s still a white supremacist. He will still demonize and dehumanize people of color because that’s what he truly believes.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 5, 2019
this was the most useless, inept, and unguided statement by any president in recent times. you placed blame on the internet, video games, and mental health issues – all of which are found globally – yet gave no solutions to the real problem. you are complicit. you need to go.— ChillyBear (@thechillybear) August 5, 2019
America stands by you and your family, Mr. President.— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) August 5, 2019
I like your comprehensive, no-nonsense approach to solving the problem, rather than a knee-jerk emotional approach that the media and Democrats are demanding.
Thank you for stand up for ALL Americans.— jim (@realTrumpRocks) August 5, 2019
LOVE YOU TRUMP! ❤️🚂👍🏻— Daniel (@DMichaels1063) August 5, 2019
And even a few nut cases chimed in.
I do not believe Q "predicts the future," as that would be impossible.— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) August 5, 2019
I believe Q understands the Trump strategic mindset and illuminates what they believe to be his plan at any given moment.
Plans change, pathways adjust, but the ultimate goal of #DrainTheSwamp persists.
@andweknow I did notice he said Toledo and not Dayton…but…The Maestro doesn't make mistakes like that…🤔— 🇺🇸⚓JennySueQ⚓🇺🇸 (@jennysue62) August 5, 2019
Well it’s not all that surprising to me that not too many people focused on his actual gun control policy statements because most people have locked into their side’s narratives and are holding on for dear life.
The pro-gun control crowd should be celebrating right now. The president is pushing for even more gun control than he did last year which was already more than any president since Bill Clinton signed the AWB into law in 1994.
The pro-Trump crowd should be losing their minds right now, because they profess to be largely pro 2nd amendment, and these ideas would definitely be considered serious infringement on that, and the 4th, 5th, 10th, and probably even a hand full of others, that I’m currently overlooking.
But, the reality is that sides are more important than principles. Winning at all costs is now more important than getting what you actually wanted. It’s like nobody wants the legislation they have always desired if it comes from the policican they hate. That’s how totally insane and divisive the country is today.
To be honest, I personally do not desire any gun control at all, and I really can’t stand Trump so this is a double downer for me.
Standing back from my own beliefs and observing all of this from an objectively neutral perspective is really a mind trip. He gives one side everything they want and they hate him for it; and he gives the other side everything they hate and they love him for it!