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Trump Delivering Increasingly Muddled Message On School Shootings And Gun Laws

President Says Had He Been There, He Would’ve Rushed In To Confront Florida Shooter

At a White House meeting with Governors, the President makes no mention of his own proposal made in a Tweet last week to raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21.

Instead, he spends most of a rambling hour-long commentary rhapsodizing about two increasingly front-burner ideas of his:

  1. Arming “adept” teachers
  2. Reopening “mental institutions” like they had in the “old days”

And puts an exclamation point on his criticism of local law enforcement (who did appear to make some significant errors) by asserting had he been on the scene, he’d have taken action.

Here’s a clip from that meeting (click here or on the photo to play):

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What’s changed from last week? Perhaps a lunch over the weekend with N.R.A. CEO Wayne LaPierre?

It’s hard to tell. Trump did some cheerleading for the N.R.A., telling the Governors: “Don’t worry about the NRA. They’re on our side”. Yet shortly after, he added: “We have to fight them every once in awhile. That’s OK. They’re doing what they think is right”.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis Tweets the House “Freedom Caucus” leader Mark Meadows wants to give tax breaks to retired vets in exchange for them volunteering to show up at schools as armed guards.

Republicans In Georgia Move To Punish One Of That State’s Biggest Employers For Cutting A Marketing Agreement With The N.R.A.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting the state’s Lieutenant Governor is leading a retaliatory effort to block a tax break to Delta Airlines. He’s demanding Delta reinstate a few benefits it’d been offering to N.R.A. members if it wants to keep its $40–50-million tax break on fuel consumption.

Here’s the Lieutenant Governor’s Tweet on the topic:

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Delta on Saturday said it was pulling out of its marketing pact with the N.R.A., one of a bunch of companies to do so. Delta is the 5th largest company headquartered in Georgia, with nearly 90,000 employees.

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The Real Reason The N.R.A. Has Clout Is Not Because They Give A Lot Of Money To Politicians, It’s Because Members Get Out And Vote

As we’ve asserted a bunch of times, while the N.R.A. does give a considerable amount of money to political campaigns, that’s not really why it’s so powerful. Pharmaceutical manufacturers give far more. Why then? N.R.A. members can be counted on to vote. 100%. And you don’t have to worry about who they’re going to vote for. Especially if they’re riled up about something, as the New York Times reports. And Republicans (as Trump did in 2016) rely on these votes to build a base.

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Democrats don’t have that luxury. Even though there are more of them, they are less reliable and more easily distracted by other issues. That’s just the way it is. Part of the challenge is keeping Democrats focused on gun control come November, because the right wing certainly will be.

In fact, a few days ago Trump asked a bunch of Conservative activists whether they care more about his tax cuts or challenges to the Second Amendment (which when you think about it, is a really weird question for him to be asking). They overwhelmingly went with guns.

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