What's behind Trump's flip-flops on gun control and tax cuts?

Mark O'Connor fills out his Federal background check paperwork as he purchases a handgun at the K&W Gunworks store on the day that U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington DC announced his executive action on guns

President Trump Shifts Away from Background Check Push 34 Joe Raedle Getty ImagesAWR Hawkins20 Aug 2019

Currently, federal law requires background checks only for firearms sales through authorized dealers, which means that people purchasing guns through unlicensed dealers are not subject to the checks. "They knew I was kidding, being sarcastic, and just ... having fun". "I've told you before - if somebody's going to get in there and go after him ... it's got to be done soon", Walsh told CNN's John Berman on "New Day".

Murphy suggested Friday that Trump might be more willing to support something closer to the failed bipartisan legislation proposed after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in CT that would have broadened background checks, including on most private party sales. Trump is headed to Kentucky.

"I want guns in the hands of people that are mentally stable", Trump told reporters.

This prompted a chorus of dissent from senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers, who said in a joint letter to the president the cash was "essential to promoting United States global leadership" and protecting Americans. "We want to fix the weaknesses". I am the chosen one, ' Trump continued, looking up to the sky with his arms spread wide.

This week, Trump has given mixed messages on his support for tighter background check legislation.

While the chances of any Republican winning the Republican nomination over Trump are slim, primary challengers take up a campaign's time, money, energy, and focus, and that can help the opposing party unseat an incumbent.

Leading gun control advocate Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of CT, says he's skeptical that conversations with the White House about stemming gun violence will "bear fruit".

"These retreats are heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence", Schumer tweeted. "We've had ongoing conversations, at the staff level, with the White House regarding background checks both last week and this week".

LaPierre has turned the NRA's estimated five million members into a voter force ready to battle any politician who would regulate guns.

Hours later, another gunman shot and killed nine others in Dayton before police killed him.

It also put to rest the idea that dozens of USA deaths by extremists carrying assault weapons, combined with an ugly financial scandal at the NRA, were about to end LaPierre's career.

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