THEY ALREADY BOUGHT HIM

Can Trump Challenge the NRA?

The most powerful lobby in Washington has Donald Trump tucked securely in their pocket. When it comes to politicians in Washington, it’s always open carry season and the Donald is just another politician.

Even though our President can talk about an “act of pure evil,” he doesn’t want to talk about guns, yet. He may never do anything about guns, but that should not surprise anyone. His underlings talk about how bad Chicago is, rather than answering the one special question they refuse to face. How do you control guns? How do we as Americans stop the carnage, as Trump called it in his inaugural address?

If you are taking the time to read this post, you have time to look at this incredible page that was created by the Washington Post. Just take a moment to think about this grave reality we allow.

Look at the headlines from the last five years: 59 killed, more than 500 injured in Las Vegas; 49 killed, 58 injured in the Orlando nightclub shooting; 14 killed, 22 injured in San Bernardino, California; nine killed in Charleston, South Carolina; 12 killed, three injured in Washington, D.C.; 27 killed, one injured in Newtown, Connecticut. You can see that we have a problem. And those weren’t all the shootings, there were more. We are so numb to these killing sprees, we hardly notice the shootings that kill three, four or six people. It’s like they never happened.

Another great website is this one: EveryTown. According to this site, 93 Americans are killed with guns each day in America, which adds up an average of nearly 12,000 gun homicides a year in the US. Seven children and teens (age 19 or under) are killed with guns in the US on an average day. You can read the rest and then either go back into your stupor, or start to do something about this.

What role should the President of the United States have in this critical American problem? Candidate Trump bragged about being against the Washington swamp and how he couldn’t be bought by the lobbyists and interest groups controlling Congress. He is being bought, however.

According to the spot and ad research company, Media Monitors, between June 1, 2016 and the election in November of the same year, the NRA bought and placed 28,774 radio and TV political spots that helped Donald Trump get elected. Their message was simple, Hillary Clinton will get rid of the Second Amendment. According to CNN, more than $54 million was spent by the NRA to advance Trump’s candidacy.

Does the NRA think that Trump owes them his loyalty? They certainly do. And Trump feels the need to maintain that relationship and sees the money they give him as quid pro quo for him helping advance a platform of more liberal gun laws.

When the gun store owners sold Stephen Paddock dozens of guns he used to kill more than 59 people, they saw, “No indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit to buy the guns at any time.” In short, the firearms were purchased legally. He also bought boxes and boxes of ammo without anyone’s knowledge. And he bought the guns in four different states, therefore no way the police or federal agents would have been warned.

We might be able to track guns used in a mass assault after the event, but it’s impossible to track large gun and ammunitions purchases before these events take place. Why? Because there isn’t a national database of gun ownership. This idea was thwarted by the NRA, which gave large contributions to all the Congressmen and women in key states. The NRA owns Congress.

All the data is on paper and the law is clear. Federal law explicitly prohibits federal law enforcement agencies from: (1) using dealers’ records of sales to establish a centralized system for the registration of firearms, firearm owners, or firearm transactions; and (2) requiring dealers’ records of sales to be recorded in, or transferred to, a centralized facility. Checkmate.

So, that leaves Trump, the great Orange Leader. We know that the Supreme Court has been slanted to the opinion that the Constitution says that no law can be made to restrict gun ownership in America, but what about munitions? Is there a way to modify the law within the spirit of the Second Amendment?

Sad to say, Trump will do nothing about these mass killings. He has been bought. Congress has been bought. The Supreme Court cannot write law, only interpret it. And even with what some researchers say is a decline of support for an assault rifle ban after the election of Trump, we are faced with the same question and the same answer. It’s a blatant lie that restrictive gun laws don’t work, read this.

The question is: Is there is nothing we can do about guns? No is the answer. Stop complaining and reload is what the NRA would tell you. If someone killing 20 grade schoolers cannot get people to act in Congress, what will?

The House has cooked up a good payback for the NRA. It’s a provision called the Hearing Protection Act, which is embedded in the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement, or SHARE Act. This little nugget would eliminate restrictions on silencers, you know the device spies and gangsters use to kill people without any noise. Yes, we have to protect the gun owners’ hearing while giving up protections against organized crime and gangs.

Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, suppressors – along with “destructive devices” such as grenades or rocket launchers, “sawed-off” shotguns and machine guns – currently require federal registration, a special license and a tax of $200. Well, the new SHARE Act would repeal those restrictions and then we can get really crazy using silencers. Without the BIG BANG of a gun, it might take victims and law enforcement longer to determine that a fire arm is being discharged and, of course, the source of the bullets raining down on a crowd. Too soon? I think not.

Donald Trump has no desire to get anywhere close to the sensible gun reform movement. He is not going to budge a finger about guns in support of his boys at the NRA. We will have more acts of pure evil, sponsored by the NRA and Congress. Trump already has blood on his small hands, but the most we will hear from Donald the Dotard is, “Out damn spots.”

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