We’re gonna lead the morning with the startling news that stable genius and woebegone dotard Prznint Stupid is a gun-grabber, something the Kenyan Usurper was often accused of being, but never got around to doing. Take it away, NYTimes:
“In a remarkable meeting, the president veered wildly from the N.R.A. playbook in front of giddy Democrats and stone-faced Republicans. He called for comprehensive gun control legislation that would expand background checks to weapons purchased at gun shows and on the internet, keep guns from mentally ill people, secure schools and restrict gun sales for some young adults.
“He even suggested a conversation on an assault weapons ban. At one point, Mr. Trump suggested that law enforcement authorities should have the power to seize guns from mentally ill people or others who could present a danger without first going to court. ‘I like taking the guns early,’ he said, adding, ‘Take the guns first, go through due process second.’”
Remember these two numbers: 60 and 218. Very little of what he said would have the 60 votes it needs in to pass the Senate, and 218 votes it needs to get through the House. And just to be clear, the opposition would mostly be from the Republicans: 87% of gun control bills were introduced by Democrats, and 98% of gun rights bills by Republicans.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) had a depressing data-driven graphic up that shows all the gun legislation proposals in the past few years (gun control v. gun rights) and how many bills became laws. The odds are long.
I don’t often link out to The Rude Pundit, but I think his essay on the Mass Shooting Generation is required reading. They give me hope that maybe this time we can beat the odds.