Trump’s recent statements about guns and gun control did not come as a surprise to us. Trump, as we’ve said all along is in many respects a big government guy. He’s certainly no conservative. (He might even say this.) He has suggested raising taxes on gasoline (and other things). He is inclined toward trade tariffs. He does not appear concerned with the expansion of the national debt. He has a special place in his heart for eminent domain. He is far too enamored with “infrastructure.”
We’ve sought to be fair to Mr. Trump (we seek to be fair to everyone) when many other news outlets have refused to be fair. But we have never been under the illusion that Trump was some small government president. (He’s done some good work on taxes and curbing the administrative state of course, for which he should be commended.) We’ve always been aware of his general affinity for the state. His statements on gun control are therefore disappointing, but not surprising.
(From The National Review)
“Take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump said. “Because that’s another system. Because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures — I like taking the guns early. Like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida, he had a lot of firearms. They saw everything — to go to court would have taken a long time. So you could do exactly what you’re saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.”
This is the sort of comment that might have started armed standoffs with law enforcement had it been uttered by President Obama. Had a Democratic president proposed this — literally grabbing guns without legal cause! — the fury from the NRA would have been hotter than a thousand suns going supernova.
The organization’s issued statement yesterday was. . . milder.