Yesterday the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to set rules “banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.”
“GUN AND MAGAZINE BANS. Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. That’s been
proven every time it’s been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary
sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity
magazines” to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semiautomatic
rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of
Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice.
The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people
are allowed to own.” – From Donald J Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
This view apparently hasn’t held, was never held to begin with, or is simply not politically convenient right now so they are going to play on technicalities .
“Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!” President Trump tweeted.
It appears bans are and ‘universal background checks’ may be back on the table from the President who promised, “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.”
Readers, I am a reasonable man with friends and family who run the political opinion spectrum. I am willing to entertain and discuss any possible solution to help respond to, reduce casualties from, and prevent attacks.
I am not willing to give merit to meritless ideas for the sake of security theater. I am not willing to let a platitative measure that feels good and will fail to prevent a massacre pass on merits it does not possess.
I’ve been part of the security industry for over a decade. This has all been in a post 9/11 world. I’ve seen effective security and I’ve seen security ‘shows’. I’ve participated in both. It was part of the various jobs and individual assignments. There were situations we could handle and situations we couldn’t, regardless of the public perception.
“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” – President Donald J. Trump
Until it was restarted because “Do Something” Trumps “Do Something Effective”