Let me tell you. Yuge.
President Donald Trump endorsed an expansion of background checks for U.S. gun buyers following the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but said there’s “no political appetite” to renew a ban on military-style rifles.
“I’m looking to do background checks,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House on Wednesday to visit the two violence-stricken cities. “I think background checks are important.”
While he said there’s not enough support in Congress to re-enact what was commonly known as the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, he indicated he would discuss the idea with lawmakers. “I will certainly bring that up,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused so far to allow a vote on House-passed legislation that would expand background checks and hasn’t indicated whether he’s reconsidering after the shootings, which killed at least 31 people.
“I think we can bring up background checks like we’ve never had before,” Trump said.
I have a suggestion like we’ve never had before: two steps for a check. First, check and see if the Second Amendment is still there. It is, so on to step two – is the gun customer an “American” pursuant to the definition at or around the time the 2A was ratified. If so, proceed with the sale. If not, deport.