As survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting continue to advocate for stricter gun laws, change seems to be slowly taking shape. Walmart and Kroger have both announced that they will require gun purchasers to be over the age of 21, and Dick’s Sporting Goods has vowed to stop selling assault rifles. But it’s still unclear where President Donald Trump stands. After appearing to express support for gun control, Trump now seems to have changed his mind after meeting with an NRA lobbyist.
Chris Cox, the NRA’s top lobbyist, tweeted yesterday, March 1st, that Trump would no longer support gun control reform after meeting with him.
Trump himself also tweeted about the “Great meeting” with the pro-gun lobbyists, which took place behind closed doors in the Oval Office. The NRA has long supported the president, spending more than $30 million to help elect him.
But prior to the meeting with Cox, Trump seemed to have a different opinion about guns. In a televised meeting with members of Congress on February 28th, Trump seemed to support enacting stricter gun control laws. Although the president didn’t outright agree with a semiautomatic weapons ban that Democrats proposed, he rejected Republicans’ ideas. Instead, he called for one comprehensive bill to overhaul to gun laws.
Some suggested that Trump never supported gun control reform, and that it was all an act. Scott Dworkin, who founded the Democratic Coalition against Trump, tweeted yesterday, March 1st, that a Republican lobbyist had told him Trump was “only publicly acting like he’s taking on the NRA” while cozying up to the organization in private.
This isn’t the first time the president has waffled on a major political position. In January, during a televised meeting about immigration reform, Trump, who has promised to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, called for a “bill of love” to replaced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But later, the president refused to sign a bipartisan measure proposed by Congress.
Trump changing his mind about a political issue is nothing new, but we’re still disappointed to see it happening with gun control. We hope the president will make up his mind soon and take action to end gun violence once and for all.